It took incarcerated Jacob Zuma’s lawyer Dali Mpofu several hours to outline his application to prevent the former President’s arrest , and it took Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni mere seconds to dismiss it.
Mnguni was in no mood to drag out the curious saga any longer than necessary at the Pietermartizburg High Court on Friday 9 July, simply dismissing the application and ordering that Zuma pay costs.
Zuma will therefore remain behind bars as he serves 15-months direct imprisonment.
Zuma application dismissed
It’s certainly not been the greatest of weeks for Zuma, who is spending his second day behind bars at the Escort Correctional Services on Friday. It hasn’t improved after Mnguni determined that the application to suspend the Constitutional Court arrest order prior to Wednesday’s midnight deadline was in vain.
If Judge Mnguni had granted his application, Zuma may have found a loophole that could potentially have secured his release, with the Constitutional Court set to rule on his rescission application on Monday.
Dali Mpofu laboured through his arguments to the Pietrmaritzburg High Court on Tuesday, saying that the arrest order should be delayed until the rescission application is heard.
In response, lawyers for the State and those representing the Helen Suzman foundation said that by entertaining Zuma’s application, the court would be helping him avoid justice.
This is a developing story.