Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma has been released from prison after being freed on medical parole.
The former president was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Zuma was found guilty of contempt of court when he defied a court order issued by the Constitutional Court for him to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
The 79-year-old’s incarceration resulted in massive protests which degenerated into violence and looting. The looting mainly occured in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng where Zuma commands a lot of support.
South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services announced that it has granted former president Jacob Zuma medical parole on Sunday.
05 September 2021
MR ZUMA PLACED ON MEDICAL PAROLE
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is able to confirm that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been placed on medical parole.
Section 75(7)(a) of the Correctional Services At 111 of 1998, affords the National Commissioner a responsibility to place under correctional supervision or day parole, or grant parole or medical parole to a sentenced offender serving a sentence of incerceration for 24 months or less. The National Commissioner is also in terms of Section 52, empowered to prescribe conditions of parole.
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.
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.
Medical parole placement for Mr Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.
Medical Parole can only be revoked if an offender does not comply with the placement conditions.
We want to reiterate that placement on medical parole is an option available to all sentenced offenders provided they meet all the requirements. We appeal to all South Africans to afford Mr Zuma dignity as he continues to receive medical treatment.