Former president Jacob Zuma has criticised the Constitutional Court judgment that handed him a 15-month jail sentence for contempt, language it absolutely was “judicially emotional and not according to our constitution”.
In a statement discharged shortly when eleven.30pm on Wednesday, the Jacob G Zuma Foundation aforementioned the previous president believed that the bulk judgment, delivered by acting magistrate Sisi Khampepe, showed that the country’s courts didn’t act severally and disinterestedly.
The statement came when the Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to fifteen months in jail when finding him guilty of contempt of court — this when he refused to go with the apex court’s order to seem before the state capture commission. He was given 5 days at hand himself over or face arrest.
In the statement, the inspiration aforementioned it absolutely was chatting with its legal advisers “on the choices available” to Zuma.
The foundation was essential of the court’s majority judgment’s comment that Zuma “attacked” the Constitutional Court, language this was “utterly false”.
“If true, it’s unconstitutional and a significant conflict for identical ‘vilified’ panel of judges, that is purportedly involved in a very running, bitter contention with the alleged contemnor, to command as judges in their own case. No-one therefore cruelly slandered is probably going to take care of that calm detachment necessary for a good judgement.
“The characterisation of our patron [Zuma] by the bulk panel paints an image of a really angry panel of judges,” the statement browse.