Zondo Commission opposes Zuma’s application for an interdict against his arrest

July 5, 2021

This comes after he was found guilty of contempt of court by the highest court in the country.

Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of contempt of court recently by the Constitutional Court. 

The court took a very stern and serious view at the ex-president’s blatant disrespect for the justice system and ordered that he be arrested and taken to prison by Sunday. Jacob Zuma, however, is fighting back. 

He and his legal team lodged an application for an urgent interdict against his arrest, which will be heard by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Some of the reasons Zuma will raise as to why he should not be arrested are his old age and the state of his health, which could deteriorate if he were to spend time behind bars. 

The Zondo Commission will be opposing his application. 

According to IOL, in court papers, one of the main counter-arguments the Commission will make is that the High Court (the court in which Zuma is bringing his application) does not have the jurisdiction to suspend or vary orders of a higher court. It may only do so regarding its own orders or orders of a lower court. 

They also argue that Zuma’s application is nothing more than an abuse of the court system and part of his preference for the Stalingrad Method. 

The Commission also argues that Zuma’s case does not meet the legal requirements for an interdict and should thus also not be entertained by the court.