Former South African President Jacob Zuma, 69, has finally surrendered to police to serve his sentence. This information has been provided by the Zuma Foundation. Through this, the people of the country witnessed a new history. Because the country has never seen a former president imprisoned before. News from the BBC.
Zuma surrendered to police at midnight on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday morning, the police gave an ultimatum to surrender by midnight. According to the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Zuma went to a prison near his home in KwaZulu-Natal province to serve his sentence.
He was sentenced to 15 months in jail on June 29 for contempt of court. South Africa’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Zuma, who was given five days to voluntarily surrender to police. That deadline ended last Sunday night. But at first Zuma refused to be apprehended by police. According to him, going to jail at this age in the Corona epidemic would push him to his death. Zuma was later given a deadline by police to surrender by midnight on Wednesday.
The BBC’s Nomsa Maseko reports from the scene that a large number of police, including armed officers and members of the paramilitary forces, have been stationed around his residence since Wednesday morning to arrest Zuma. A delegation of senior police officials also held several hours of talks with Zuma inside the residence. A convoy of cars was then seen leaving the Zuma residence quickly before the midnight ultimatum ended. It is believed that Zuma was in one of the vehicles in the convoy.
While in power, various allegations of corruption surfaced against Zuma. The allegations were investigated by the country’s Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Jondo. Zuma was summoned for questioning last February but did not appear. For this reason, he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court.
His resignation marked the end of his nearly nine-year rule in 2016. The main allegation against Zuma is that he has embezzled state money and given businessmen a chance to get their nose in politics. Especially on Friday, a well-known business family of Indian descent called the ‘Gupta Family’ has recklessly interfered in politics. Incidentally, in 1993, three brothers Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta and Rajesh alias Tony Gupta from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India started a business in South Africa. The family’s closeness with the country’s ruling politicians came to the fore in 2013.
But Jacob Zuma has repeatedly said that several foreign intelligence agencies have been plotting to oust him for a decade. All the allegations that he handed over the country to the Gupta family are false. He had a comment, “Did I put Johannesburg up for auction?”
Although Jacob Zuma denied all allegations, he never denied his family’s relationship with the Gupta family. The relationship of the Juma family with this family of three brothers of Indian descent was so deep that at one time the two families were called ‘Jupta’ together.
Various companies owned by the Gupta family were involved in large-scale government projects during the Juma regime. In this case they were, say, monopolistic. They even hired Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane to the top of their organization. The allegation against Zuma is that he was so involved with the family that they often told him how to make decisions for the state. Disobeying these instructions would also lead to the dismissal of government officials.