Zuma granted medical parole

2021-Sep-05   06:26

Zuma granted medical parole
Former President Jacob Zuma granted parole.
Source: Jacob Zuma / Twitter

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Former President, Jacob Zuma, will soon be on his way home He's been granted medical parole after serving less than a third of his 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) confirmed on Sunday that Zuma is eligible for parole because of his medical report submitted to the department.

“Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services. Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole,” said the department in a statement.

It continued: “The risk of re-offending of released inmates must also be low and there must be appropriate arrangements for the inmate’s supervision, care and treatment within the community to which the inmate is to be released to”.

The 79-year-old was admitted to hospital last month for “medical observation” but Correctional Servicws later said he underwent surgery.

Zuma handed himself at Estcourt Correctional Centre in July to start serving his jail sentence for refusing to appear and testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture despite a court order compelling him to do so.

His incarceration caused unhappiness in the country, resulting in protests, violent looting and destruction of property under the #FreeJacobZuma banner

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