South Africa’s Former President, Jacob Zuma, Begins Prison Term

South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma has handed himself in to police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court.

He was admitted to estcourt correctional centre in his home province of Kwazulu-Natal on Wednesday.

Police had warned that they were prepared to arrest him if he did not hand himself in by midnight.

Zuma, 79, was handed the jail term last week after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.

The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, which has never seen a former president jailed before.

Zuma had initially refused to hand himself in, but in a short statement on Wednesday, the Jacob Zuma foundation said he had “decided to comply”.

Zuma was sentenced on 29 June for defying an instruction to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his Nine years in power.

A delegation of senior officers are believed to have spent several hours inside the residence negotiating with the former president over his arrest.

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