How Will Zuma's Defiance of South African ConCourt Play Out?

Former president Jacob Zuma has defied a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture - but that doesn't mean the Commission's Constitutional Court application to send him to prison for two years is guaranteed to succeed. If he is sentenced, he will most certainly continue to play the martyr, writes Greg Nicolson for Daily Maverick.

This comes after supporters of the former president gathered outside the Constitutional Court along with Carl Niehaus - spokesperson for the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans (MKVA) - who warned of "social instability" should Zuma lose his case. Zuma's failure to appear before the Commission sparked has seen significant impact including the formation of the Defend Our Democracy alliance, which includes African National Congress (ANC) veterans, the country's two leading Covid-19 scientists, business leaders, churches, and leading organisations of civil society, and a meeting between Zuma and the top six members of the ruling ANC.

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Former president Jacob Zuma (file photo).

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