On Wednesday, South African president Jacob Zuma turned himself in to the police and is set to begin a 15-month jail term for contempt of court over corruption allegations.
His prison sentence was handed down last June 29 after he was found guilty of contempt of court and had been given until July 4 to submit himself to the authorities. If he did not, police had until Wednesday (July 7) to arrest him.
Zuma previously refused to appear in court before an anti-corruption commission inquiry into his involvement in corruption during his presidency. He had also denied all allegations of corruption set against him.
A High Court judge has yet to rule if police should have waited to act until after a Constitutional Court hearing scheduled on July 12, in which Zuma’s counsel will argue mitigating circumstances of his sentence.
Zuma served as the nation’s president from 2009-2018 and the sentence imposed upon him is a landmark move in the country’s long history of corruption.
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