Friday, 09 July 2021 11:54

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has dismissed former President Jacob Zuma’s urgent application to have his imprisonment stayed with costs.

Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni delivered the judgement on Friday morning, without explaining the basis of his decision to dismiss the application.

Mnguni had reserved the judgement on Tuesday after he heard a long day of arguments between Zuma’s counsel, Advocate Dali Mpofu, and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, representing the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.

Zuma will now have to wait for his contempt of court rescission application set on Monday, 12 July after the former president handed himself over to the authorities on Wednesday evening.

The former president was admitted to the Estcourt Correctional centre in KwaZulu-Natal to start serving his 15-month jail sentence.

The application is dismissed with costs,the judge presiding over the case said.

The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture had approached the ConCourt on an urgent basis for an order that would compel Zuma to cooperate with the commission.

After being ordered to appear before the commission, Zuma released a statement accusing the commission and the ConCourt of victimising him. He vowed he would rather go to jail than appear before the commission.

The ConCourt sentenced the former president to 15 months in prison after finding him guilty of contempt of court last week.

Meanwhile the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has dismissed as fake reports a hunger strike at the Estcourt Correctional Facility in KwaZulu-Natal.

The fake reports claimed inmates at the facility were demanding the release of former President Zuma.

"There is no disruption of service at Estcourt, and the centre remains calm," the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement on Friday.

Estcourt Correctional Facility is where Zuma has been admitted to start serving his 15-month sentence for being in contempt of court for defying an order to appear at the Zondo corruption inquiry.