EDITORIAL | Jailing Zuma could lock the truth away

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EDITORIAL | Jailing Zuma could lock the truth away

Imprisoning him would prove the criminal justice system works, but it wouldn’t help Zondo get the full picture

Editorial

While state capture commission chairperson Raymond Zondo seems dogged, even if slow, in his attempts to imprison former president Jacob Zuma for making a mockery of the justice system, he knows jailing Zuma would not achieve much.

It is plain that Zuma’s belligerence requires stern rebuke if our criminal justice system is to retain its credibility in the eyes of ordinary people. Most will agree that Zuma did the unthinkable when he and his lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane “released” themselves from the commission late last year and also when he carried out his threat of boycotting his February 15 subpoena.

In the Constitutional Court application submitted on Monday, secretary of the commission Prof Itumeleng Mosala asked the Constitutional Court to impose a two-year imprisonment term for contempt of court. But there was an important caveat: Zuma’s imprisonment should be suspended on condition he appears and gives evidence before Zondo. ..

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