The judicial inquiry into government corruption in South Africa has asked the Constitutional Court to sentence former President Jacob Zuma to two years in prison for contempt.
This followed Mr Zuma’s failure to appear before the State Capture Commission last week, despite a summons and an order from the highest court to do so.
Mr Zuma was due to answer questions relating to alleged government corruption during his tenure.
In what could be the first of its kind in South Africa, the commission wants Mr Zuma to pay the costs of the application.
In an urgent application to the Constitutional Court, the commission’s secretary Prof Itumeleng Mosala said the former president committed a number of contemptuous acts including failing to appear at the commission to answer questions when he was summoned to do so, failing to file affidavits as per the Constitutional Court’s order, and making what have been described as “scurrilous statements” against the Constitutional Court and the whole of the judiciary.
He has repeatedly snubbed summonses to appear, accusing the judges of bias.
Mr Zuma was forced to resign in 2018 over multiple corruption allegations, all of which he denies.