Zuma's request to postpone sentence,denied by the South African High Court

Zuma’s request to postpone his sentence was denied by the South African High Court

Zuma’s bid to have his sentence postponed was denied by a South African regional court on Friday. The 79-year-old will remain in prison after the Pietermaritzburg High Court denied his bid to have his sentence delayed.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Thursday. He has one more legal argument to make in order to be released.

On Monday, July 12, the country’s Constitutional Court will hear the case. On Thursday morning, Jacob Zuma surrendered to the Estcourt Correctional Center.

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Zuma was sentenced for failing to comply with a court order to testify before a panel investigating allegations of corruption against him during his presidency, which lasted from 2009 to 2018. 

Some of his supporters have been blocking roads with burning tires in sections of his rural home in the KwaZulu-Natal province. They protested his detention by blocking some routes in the province on Friday.