Johannesburg – The High Court in Pretoria has declared former President Jacob Zuma’s parole unlawful.
The court has now directed that Zuma should return to prison and serve the remainder of his sentence.
Zuma was granted medical parole by former correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser just less than two months into his sentence.
He was released in September, month after the Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court.
The Democratic Alliance took the matter on legal review and challenged Fraser’s decision.
Zuma’s team had insisted that he is terminally ill, argued that the legal challenge set aside his parole was smoke and mirrors.
The Helen Suzman Foundation launched an urgent application seeking to review and set aside the national commissioner’s decision to place the former president on medical parole.
“This is a victory. I’ve not yet read the judgment but I don’t think people should regard this as a vindictive matter. It’s not. I take no great pleasure in any 79-year-old man going to jail. It’s a victory simply for process for the rule of law,” said Director Francis Antonie