After failing in his bid to have his 15-month sentence for contempt overturned last week, former president Jacob Zuma says South Africa is turning from a democracy into a “constitutional dictatorship”.
In a letter released by his foundation on Monday, the former president said he believed that history would vindicate his beliefs.
Zuma said: “As with many of our leaders during the struggle, I believe that history will vindicate me when I say that South Africa today is in the process of changing from a constitutional democracy to a constitutional dictatorship.”
The statement comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed his application to rescind his contempt of court order, describing it as “litigious skulduggery”.
The majority judgment findings hinged on the fact that Zuma was never precluded from participating in the contempt proceedings, but rather that he elected to do so.
His foundation said that he would be taking the matter to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.