South African commission to request jail term for former president Jacob Zuma for defying summons

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South African commission to request jail term for former president Jacob Zuma for defying summons

The head of a South African inquiry commission into alleged state corruption has said he would seek former president Jacob Zuma to be held in contempt of court for his persistent refusal to continue testimony at hearings, and impose a jail term if found guilty.

Zuma last year walked out of a hearing at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in South Africa without the permission of the chairperson, which was deemed to be in contempt of court.

Zuma has insisted that he will not return unless the chairperson of the Commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, steps down.

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