Medical parole under spotlight at Zuma appeal

Johannesburg – Former President Jacob Zuma’s approach to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) is now expected to clarify how medical parole is granted in South Africa.

Zuma’s team successfully argued to approach the SCA in the High Court on Tuesday, where Judge Elias Motojane ruled that it was possible another court could come at a different conclusion.

The judge said this case was important for public law – in particular to understanding of the Correctional Services Act and its regulations.

The former president if fighting to stay out of jail after the judge ruled that his medical parole was unlawful and that he should return to serve the rest of his sentence, including the time he had already spent on parole at home.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 years in jail for being in contempt of the Constitutional Court after he refused to return and testify at the state capture commission of inquiry.


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