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South African President Jacob Zuma attends the opening of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 28, 2018.

Jacob Zuma is South Africa's First Former President to be Jailed

Now that Jacob Zuma has finally begun serving his 15-month sentence, what's next?

In what has been an unprecedented past two weeks for South Africa, former President Jacob Zuma finally handed himself over to the police last night. Just as the clock struck midnight, Zuma's convoy arrived hastily at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, so that he could begin serving his 15-month sentence after the Constitutional Court found him in contempt at the end of last month.

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Prison authorities at Estcourt have confirmed that Zuma has indeed been admitted to the correctional facility and is currently being in kept in isolation as per the facility's COVID-19 regulations. The obvious question now on everyone's mind is of course: what happens next? Well, Zuma and his legal team are now waiting for July 12, when the Constitutional Court will hear their application for a recession. This is set to be an interesting case as a recision appeal is almost always a difficult, if not impossible one, legally speaking.

Professor Pierre de Vos, a constitutional law expert and scholar, writes the following on the matter:

"It is a guiding principle of the common law that once a judgment is given in a matter it is final. It may not thereafter be altered by the judge who delivered it. The reasons for this rule are twofold. First, once a court has pronounced a final judgment, it becomes functus officio and no longer has authority to deal with the matter. The second reason is the principle of finality of litigation as it is in the public interest that litigation be brought to finality."

Over the past two weeks, Zuma asserted that he would not be handing himself over to the police, that his arrest was "unlawful" and even likened the courts to those of the Apartheid era. While the police had been deployed to his Nkandla home to arrest a major crowd of Zuma supporters who were flouting COVID-19 regulations, they eventually withdrew citing that they "feared bloodshed". Thus, there was great skepticism that the rule of law in South Africa would actually prevail.

The African National Congress (ANC) has issued a statement where it says: "Without doubt, this is a difficult period in the movement, and we call upon our members to remain calm and respect the decision taken by former president Jacob Zuma to abide by the rulings of the court."

Naturally, Zuma's imprisonment has left the country somewhat divided. While some have celebrated the fact that not even a former president is above the law, many of Zuma's supporters have expressed disappointment and dismay.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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