Belleville News-Democrat

South African court orders Zuma to prison


South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 15 months in prison for defying a court order to appear before an inquiry probing widerangin­g allegation­s of corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018.

Zuma was not in court for the ruling Tuesday and has been ordered to hand himself over within five days to police.

If Zuma fails to turn himself in within five days South Africa’s minister of police and the police commission­er have been ordered to take him into custody within three days.

This is the first time in South Africa’s history that a former president has been sentenced to prison.

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