Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
9 Jul 2021
5:08 am

Zuma not the first to go to jail without a ‘normal’ trial, says Madonsela

Bernadette Wicks

Zuma’s incarceration brought to a close a dramatic week of will he, or won’t he? But he and his legal team still have a few cards to play.

Thuli Madonsela (Photo by Gallo Images/Die Burger/Jaco Marais)

Hard power. That’s what former public protector Thuli Madonsela says it took to bring Jacob Zuma to heel in the end. And this, she says, is why the Constitutional Court took the hard-line approach it did last week – slapping the ex president with 15 months in prison for contempt over his refusal to abide by an order to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Constitutional Court gave Zuma until midnight on Sunday to hand himself over. In the event he didn’t, it gave the SA Police Service until midnight on Wednesday to get him behind...