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South Africa: Court Orders Ex-President Jacob Zuma To Go Back To Prison

South Africa: Court Orders Ex-President Jacob Zuma To Go Back To Prison

A South African court has ruled that the country’s former President Jacob Zuma should be returned to prison, saying his medical parole was unlawful.

The time he has spent out of prison should not be counted in his 15-month sentence, the Tswane High Court ruled.

 Zuma was released on September 5 for an undisclosed medical condition.

He had been jailed for refusing to appear before the Zondo Commission that was investigating him over corruption he allegedly committed during his presidency.

The 79-year-old handed himself to police in July after a public stand-off, but his jailing, unprecedented for an ex-president, sparked violent protests and looting.

More than 300 people, mostly in Zuma’s stronghold of Kwa-Zulu Natal province, died in the protests.

The former leader had testified only once at the inquiry into what has become known as “state capture” – meaning the siphoning off of state assets.

Businessmen have been accused of conspiring with politicians to influence the decision-making process while he was in office. Zuma has repeatedly said he is the victim of a political conspiracy.

Prison authorities say his release on parole was compelled by a medical report, but his sickness has never been disclosed.

He did, however, undergo surgery after he was imprisoned with his spokesman saying at the time that imprisonment had had further deteriorated his health condition. 

On Wednesday, judges in the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the decision by the top correctional officer to release Zuma on medical parole was “reviewed, declared unlawful, and set aside”.

Zuma is expected to appeal the decision.

More: NewZimbabwe

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3 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

THIS CURRENT HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT ON EX PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA IS VERY PAINFUL TO JACOB ZUMA HIMSELF, HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS AND HIS SUPPORTERS TOO.

WHAT IS MORE PAINFUL IS THE FACT THAT THE TIME HE HAS BEEN OUT OF THE JAIL ON PAROLE IS NOT GOING TO BE TAKEN AS JAIL TIME BECAUSE THE COURT WHICH APPROVED HIS PAROLE ERRED.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE HIGH COURT IS PUNISHING ZUMA FOR THE MISTAKE MADE BY PRISONS AND APPROVED BY THE COURTS. THIS IS UNREALISTIC.

[VANOZVITI VAKANGWARA VAPEI DORO. KANA VADHAKWA VANOROVA MAI]

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Mutoriro 6 months ago

Considering work done by de clerk to make douth africa independent he was better than p.w botha ,wervoud,john voster his predecessors who consolidated apartness


Confucius🙄Confuse-us. 6 months ago

They allowed F.W.DeKlek an apatheid president who only apologized from the mortuary, to die peacefully and well cared for. Nxaaaaa.



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