ANC says Zuma exploring every legal avenue after jail sentence

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma is exploring every legal avenue after being given a 15-month jail sentence for defying an order to appear at a corruption inquiry, a senior official in the African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.

“President Zuma is exploring every legal avenue that is available to reduce or to remove the custodial sentence. … We believe that the judiciary must be left to make its own decisions, (but) … we would hope that comrade Zuma’s court application will be successful,” the party’s Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte told a news conference.

Zuma’s lawyers will approach the high court later on Tuesday to try to block his arrest in the wake of last week’s constitutional court sentence.


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