“Things like detention without trial should never see the light of day again in South Africa. The struggle for a free South Africa was a struggle for justice that everyone was treated equally before the law.” Zuma said in a press conference Sunday at his farm in Nkandla.
He was due to surrender late Sunday, but the court agreed to hear a cancellation request on July 12.
“The fact that I have been blasted with a punitive prison sentence without a trial is something that should cause a sense of shock to all who cherish freedom and the rule of law,” said the former leader of 79-year-old claiming that the prison sentence would be a death sentence.
Zuma reiterated long-held views that he is being treated unfairly by the justice system. He denies any wrongdoing.
Zuma faces multiple charges of fraud, racketeering and bribery linked to an arms deal in the late 1990s. He was found to have broken the constitution for using public funds to modernize his lavish owned by Nkandla and was at the center of multiple accusations of large-scale corruption during his tenure as president.
Although he said he wanted to face justice and was apparently willing to go to jail, legal analysts say Zuma’s strategy has long been to avoid being tried in court for multiple allegations of corruption or questions to the anti-corruption commission.