South African top court to rule Tuesday on Zuma defiance


South Africa’s top court said it would rule on Tuesday whether ex-president Jacob Zuma is guilty of contempt of court for refusing to appear before a graft panel.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is facing fraud and corruption charges, speaks after his appearance in the High Court, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Zuma, who was forced to step down in 2018 over corruption scandals, has snubbed an order by the Constitutional Court in January to testify before investigators.

The commission went to court seeking to have Zuma jailed for two years for defying the order.

Judgement in the case which was heard in March, “will be delivered tomorrow,” the Court announced on Monday.

Zuma, 79, is accused of enabling the plunder of state coffers during his nearly nine-year stay in office.

It was Zuma himself, under pressure over the scandal, who set up the inquiry shortly

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