ConCourt minority judgments give Zuma new hope
Buoyed by the two dissenting voices on the Constitutional Court Bench – and despite a majority of nine confirming the court will not backtrack on its decision to send Jacob Zuma to jail for his ‘egregious’ contempt – the former President’s legal team is taking his battle with the Constitutional Court over his incarceration to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights.
In a tweet on Saturday, notes News24, the Jacob Zuma Foundation said Zuma was in consultation with his legal team after the apex court dismissed his application for the rescission of his contempt of court order.
‘He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples Rights,’ read the tweet.
In Friday's dismissal of his rescission, the court described his application as ‘litigious skulduggery’.
In a second News24 report, foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi called the court's dismissal of Zuma's rescission application against his 15-month sentence for contempt a miscarriage of justice.
Manyi said the foundation was gravely disappointed by the judgment and did not accept it as it amounted to a form of ‘bullying against the former President’.
‘Firstly, the fact that it has taken about three months for the court to give a verdict on a matter brought on an urgent basis is on its own a great travesty of justice,’ he said.
He added the Constitutional Court had demonstrated that ‘the rights of the human being, in this case President Zuma, were less important than the court protecting its own dignity through upholding a wrong judgment of imprisoning the former President without a trial being afforded to him.’
Manyi also bemoaned the strong language used by the court in its judgment, saying it showed ‘clear signs of emotions and anger from the court’.
While the foundation did not accept the judgment, it was prepared ‘to abide and pay the cost order imposed’ on Zuma, he said, according to News24.
‘We have no obligation to accept the judgment, but what we will do is we will comply and pay the cost order.’
Manyi was quick to add that this would greatly increase the financial strain that Zuma was under, and he called on his supporters to continue making donations so that the former President could pay his Zondo Commission lawyers.
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