Faizel Patel – 07/07/2021
The Jacob Zuma Foundation has confirmed that former President Jacob Zuma has handed himself over to a correctional services facility in KwaZulu-Natal to begin his 15-month jail term.
Zuma will be spending the night behind bars at an unnamed correctional services centre in KwaZulu-Natal.
In a tweet on Wednesday, 15-minutes before midnight at 11:45pm, the foundation said Zuma had decided to comply with the incarceration order handed down by the Constitutional Court.
A motorcade was seen leaving his home at 11:15pm on Wednesday night.
“He is on his way to hand himself over into a correctional services facility in KZN. A full statement will be issued in due course.”
In a tweet, Police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba also confirmed that Zuma had handed himself over to police.
“The Police Ministry can confirm that former President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma was placed in @SAPoliceService custody as in compliance with the @ConCourtSA judgement.”
Zuma was found in contempt of court and handed a 15-month jail term for refusing to appear before the state capture inquiry and Justice Raymond Zondo.
The apex court ordered that Zuma be arrested by midnight on Wednesday if he failed to hand himself over by Sunday to start serving his sentence.
However Zuma on Tuesday applied to have his arrest stayed pending the outcome of a rescission application in the Constitutional Court on Monday.
Earlier, the Jacob Zuma Foundation said a letter has been sent to the Constitutional Court to issue a directive prohibiting the execution of the Arrest Order for Zuma pending the outcome of all legal processes.