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Explained: Keeping Up With Jacob Zuma

If you're unsure about what's happening with South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma and his impending arrest, we've got you covered with this brief explainer.

The past week has been an unprecedented one in South Africa both legally and politically. Last week Thursday, former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court's Justice Sisi Khampepe after being found in contempt of court. The sentencing comes after Zuma failed to appear before the courts following his refusal to participate in the ongoing Zondo Commission—a state-sponsored inquiry into allegations of corruption during his 9-year tenure. The judgement has admittedly set a legal precedent that asserts that even former presidents are not above the law in South Africa. While Zuma was given five days to hand himself over to the police, a series of events has since unfolded and resulted in South Africans wondering what exactly will happen now.

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