The Pietermaritzburg high court has blasted the former president Jacob Zuma as defiant and scandalous against the judiciary as it dismissed his application to interdict his arrest by the police.

Zuma had approached the high court and pleaded for the interdict on Tuesday after he failed to hand himself over to serve jailed time as ordered by the Constitutional Court which slapped him with a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni, however, dismissed the application with costs as he pointed out that Zuma had been defiant not only to the ConCourt order that he appears before the Zondo commission, but that he refused to participate in court proceedings.

Mnguni pointed out in his judgment that Zuma’s public statements had confirmed his defiant attitude to the apex court which compelled him to attend and answer questions before the inquiry into state capture.

“They also go on further to scandalise not only the Constitutional Court, but also all other courts that have issued orders against him. They are evidently calculated to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the Constitutional Court and the judiciary more broadly,” Mnguni said.

 

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