Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
4 minute read
1 Feb 2021
4:46 pm

Going to prison could be like ‘Christmas’ for Jacob Zuma

Bernadette Wicks

The former president now runs the very real risk of being locked up for contempt, but this might suit him perfectly as he tries to paint himself as a martyr for radical economic transformation.

Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Jacob Zuma could soon have to put his money where his mouth is, after saying he would rather go to jail than testify in front of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry again, but some believe this may be exactly what the former president wants. While the commission has yet to comment on Zuma’s latest show of defiance against it, experts and analysts say prison time is now a very real threat for him. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) last week ordered Zuma to cooperate with the commission but he has since responded with the...