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6/29/21

COURTS ORDER THE ARREST OF EX SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT OVER CONTEMPT.


 COURTS ORDER THE ARREST OF EX SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT OVER COTEMPT.


Mr. Zuma, whose tenure was tainted by financial scandals, was a comrade of Nelson Mandela and a dominant figure for decades in the governing African National Congress party. 

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s highest court on Tuesday ordered the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, the country’s former president, for 15 months on contempt charges, after he defied an order to appear before a corruption inquiry examining the breathtaking financial scandals that tainted his tenure as the country’s leader from 2009 to 2018.


The move to detain Mr. Zuma, a comrade of Nelson Mandela and one of the dominant figures in the governing African National Congress party since apartheid ended in 1994, was a notable development in the legacy of corruption that shadowed his years in power.


Many across the country hailed the ruling as a victory for this young democracy — a message that no one, not even a former head of state, is above the law. It could even have implications across the continent, where courts often take a back seat to powerful heads of state, said William Gumede, who leads the democratic work foundation, a nonprofit focused on developing democracy in Africa.


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