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Zondo can’t ask for 2-year sentence against Zuma – JZ Foundation

The foundation said Zondo was abusing his position as the second in charge in the Constitutional Court and instructing his subordinates to bend the laws of the country was unprecedented.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma at the state capture commission on 19 July 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The Jacob Zuma Foundation on Monday said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo couldn't ask the Constitutional Court to sentence the former president to two years in prison for contempt of court.

It said the the 1947 Act talks about six month’s imprisonment, or 55 pounds fine, not the two years imprisonment.

The foundation said Zondo was abusing his position as the second in charge in the Constitutional Court and instructing his subordinates to bend the laws of the country was unprecedented.

"It is clear that laws are being changed to deal with Zuma, like how the apartheid government created Sobukwe laws to deal with Sobukwe," the statement said.

Zuma was expected to testify from the 15 to the 19 February but he defied a summons that the Constitutional Court said he had to abide by.

WATCH: Zondo: We will ask for imprisonment of Zuma if found guilty of contempt of court

Last month, Zondo filed an application asking the Constitutional Court to jail Zuma for two years for contempt of court.

The commission said Zuma’s failure to appear before the commission and to file affidavits as directed by the court were the grounds on which he should be found guilty of contempt.

The commission wants the court to set aside normal rules and for the application to heard on an urgent basis.

READ: Zondo: If action not taken against Zuma, others could ignore court orders too

It said Zuma’s failure to appear at the commission and to file affidavits was unlawful and intentional.

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