Ex-South Africa President Jacob Zuma ordered to serve 15-month prison sentence

South African President Jacob Zuma speaks in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 15, 2017, on the eve of the ANC’s 54th National Conference.

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South Africa’s Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.

Zuma was found guilty by the country’s highest court after he defied its order to appear at a corruption inquiry centered on his time in power between 2009 and 2018.

The inquiry, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, is examining high-level corruption during Zuma’s time in office. Having long denied wrongdoing, Zuma has thus far refused to cooperate, and failed to appear to testify before a judicial panel in February.

He has now been given five days to present himself to police in order to be arrested.

This is a developing story and will be update shortly.

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