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Yet again, the Constitutional Court vindicated SA’s young constitutional democracy in a moment of distinct reckoning. The decision marked the end of the road for former president Jacob Zuma’s defiance of the court, most recently in a “cynical manoeuvre” to evade accountability at the Zondo commission.

In a blistering majority finding against Zuma — which acting deputy chief justice Sisi Khampepe authored with coherent, rigorous and forceful legal reasoning — the spirit of the constitution was affirmed, with Zuma being handed a 15-month jail sentence for defying an order to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry...

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