EDITORIAL | Zuma’s sentence sends a powerful message to SA and political ‘untouchables’
The ConCourt’s judgment is a timely reminder that the rule of law applies to everyone ‘without fear or favour’
After what felt like a lifetime, the Constitutional Court finally delivered its judgment and sentence against Jacob Zuma for his refusal to return to the state capture commission to account for his role in the industrial scale looting of the state and the institutional destruction that took place on his watch. Zuma, a former head of state, is now destined to go to jail in a matter of days.
And he cannot expect sympathy from anyone, given the generous leeway he was given by the judicial system since walking out on the commission in November. Zuma walked out after his gambit of stalling the commission’s work by demanding deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s recusal failed.
Before referring Zuma’s case to the apex court, Zondo had shown much forbearance to the former president and tolerated many of his gimmicks, including a claimed political conspiracy and a personal relationship between him and Zondo, the latter claim comprehensively denied by the deputy chief justice. He gave Zuma a deadline to return to the witness box, which was ignored...