South Africa's ex-President Jacob Zuma hands himself over to police | DW News

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma was in police custody on Thursday after handing himself over to authorities to begin a 15-month prison term.

The veteran leader had faced a midnight deadline for officers to arrest him after judges ruled he should go to jail for contempt of court.

The country's highest court handed Zuma the prison term after he ignored a judicial ruling ordering him to appear before a commission investigating alleged corruption during his time in office from 2009 to 2018.

Zuma had lodged two last-ditch legal appeals, which will be heard in the coming days, meaning it was not clear until late on Wednesday whether he would abide by the deadline to turn himself in.

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