In order to abide with the court ruling without being publicly arrested on camera; former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, on Wednesday handed himself willingly to commence a 15-month-jail term.
Jacob Zuma Foundation disclosed this in a tweet,
“Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order. He is on his way to hand over himself into a correctional services facility in Kwazulu Natal Provinse,” the tweet reads.
Also confirming the development, the country’s correctional services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo stated:
“The department of the correctional services (DCS), can confirm that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been admitted to start serving a 15-month sentence at Estcourt correctional centre, Kwazulu Natal.
Last week, the court charged Zuma for ignoring anti-graft investigations during its ruling.
Police had earlier on Wednesday warned, they were prepared to arrest the former president by midnight to enforce the ruling, unless the court instructed otherwise.
However, a convoy of cars believed to be carrying Zuma, drove out of his house, about 40 minutes before the cut off for him to give himself up.
Zuma had mounted a last ditch legal defence and refused to turn himself in by Sunday night as the court ordered under the ruling, police were then given three days to arrest him if he fails to surrender.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | July 8, 2021