After days of play and suspense earlier handing himself in, South Africa's Jacob Zuma began a 15-month condemnation for contempt connected Thursday, aft spending his archetypal nighttime successful jail.
The erstwhile captive of the apartheid authorities had kept the state connected tenterhooks by trying each ineligible avenues to evade jail, but Zuma became an inmate erstwhile again soon aft midnight.
It is the archetypal clip a erstwhile president has been jailed successful post-apartheid South Africa.
He handed himself successful astatine a precocious renovated jailhouse successful the tiny mining municipality of Estcourt successful his KwaZulu-natal location province.
The condemnation handed to Zuma by the Constitutional Court past week for snubbing anti-graft investigators besides acceptable a benchmark for the continent successful jailing a erstwhile caput of authorities for refusing to respond to a corruption probe.
Many South Africans hailed Zuma's incarceration arsenic a watershed infinitesimal that would fortify the regularisation of instrumentality successful the country.
Former corruption buster and ex-ombudswoman Thuli Madonsela hailed it arsenic a "glorious day, successful that it says that the regularisation of instrumentality prevails".
If helium had not gone to prison, "it would person sent daze waves to the system," she said connected nationalist tv connected Thursday.
The time before, constabulary had warned they were prepared to apprehension Zuma by a midnight deadline to enforce the ruling, unless the apical tribunal instructed otherwise.
But successful the extremity the erstwhile person decided to comply.
Just minutes earlier the deadline expired, his instauration tweeted that Zuma had "decided to comply with the incarceration order" and manus himself to a correctional facility.
This is the 2nd clip Zuma, antiauthoritarian South Africa's erstwhile president -- aft Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki -- has been successful prison.
He spent 10 years successful jailhouse connected the notorious Robben Island for his relation successful the equipped conflict against the apartheid system.
In a tweet, Zuma's daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, said that her begetter had jokingly said connected his mode to situation "that helium hopes they inactive person his aforesaid overalls from Robben Island".
Zuma had earlier successful the week mounted last-ditch ineligible defence and refused to crook himself in.
On Wednesday, helium past pleaded anew with the tribunal for an 11th-hour reprieve, requesting that it suspend its apprehension orders until each ineligible processes were finalised -- nether the ruling, constabulary were fixed 3 days to apprehension him if helium failed to surrender.
Zuma's archetypal exertion to halt his apprehension was heard connected Tuesday, but the judgement was reserved until Friday.
Separately, helium has pleaded with the Constitutional Court to reconsider and rescind its jailhouse order.
That situation volition beryllium heard adjacent Monday.
Zuma, 79, was forced retired of bureau successful 2018 and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa aft a nine-year tenure stained by corruption scandals and the taint of cronyism.
Critics nicknamed him the "Teflon president" for his perceived quality to sidestep justice.
But his fortunes changed connected June 29 erstwhile the tribunal issued its damning judgement against him for contempt.
Zuma had refused to obey a tribunal bid to look earlier a committee probing the siphoning-off of authorities assets nether his presidency.
At the play helium defiantly declared helium was prepared to spell prison, adjacent though "sending maine to jailhouse during the tallness of a pandemic, astatine my age, is the aforesaid arsenic sentencing maine to death."
Despite his tarnished reputation, the erstwhile president carries important value among officials and grassroots members of the ruling African National Congress.
The erstwhile herdboy was the ANC's quality main during the equipped conflict against apartheid was lawman president earlier ascending to the country's apical occupation successful 2009.
Despite its interior tensions and divisions, the ANC said it would not interfere with the judiciary processes enveloping Zuma.
Zuma has besides been accused of engagement successful a bribery matter dating backmost much than 20 years.
He faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering relating to a 1999 acquisition of combatant jets, patrol boats and subject cogwheel from 5 European arms firms for 30 cardinal rand, past the equivalent of astir $5 billion