(Last Updated on December 21, 2021 by zimdaily)
SOUTH AFRICA – Former President Jacob Zuma will remain on medical parole for now after the Pretoria high court granted him leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against its earlier decision that set aside the medical parole as unlawful and ordered him back into custody.
After hearing argument, judge Elias Matojane said the case raised “an important question public law” — the correct interpretation of parole legislation.
He said he also thought another court may come to a different view on his order that the time Zuma had spent on medical parole should not be counted as part of his sentence.
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court after he breached its earlier court order to abide by the state capture commission’s summons and appear before it.
However, less than two months into his sentence, former correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser released him on medical role — against the recommendation of the medical parole advisory board.
Matojane last week found that the decision was unlawful and set it aside.