Former President Jacob Zuma finally hand himself over to the the police. This comes after weeks of political theatre by ex head of state and his supporter at his homestead Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, KZN.
Zuma was taken in by police to begin his sentence last night. The Jacob Zuma Foundation sent confirmation of this at 11:47 pm, saying that he “decided to comply with the incarceration order” and that a full statement would be issued in due time. A motorcade was seen leaving him home at 11:15 pm on Wednesday night heading to Estcourt Correctional Centre.
The former president spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said, “this is just a formality & ticking boxes not an admission for quilt”.
Zuma – who repeatedly said he would rather go to jail than appear before the state capture commission – fought until the last hour to stay out of prison. He was meant to hand himself over to police on Sunday 4 June, failing which police had three days to arrest him, making the final deadline midnight on Wednesday.
The former president was sentenced to 15 months by the constitutional court for contempt after refusing to testify at the state capture commission of inquiry that he set up.
Meanwhile, Mr Zuma also launched an application on Tuesday at the Pietermaritzburg High Court to stay his arrest.
A decision on that challenge in the High Court is expected on Friday morning.