15 September 2021
Written by Sphe J Hadebe
IT HAS BEEN 10 DAYS SINCE FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA WAS GRANTED MEDICAL PAROLE.
A lot has been said regarding that matter as his supporters, particularly the ANC supporters in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng, rejoiced at the news and shared their excitement that uBaba will be released.
They have been calling for his release since his incarceration in July, which was followed by two weeks unrest in the country that took place in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng. The unrest was followed by the looting and destruction of properties across these two provinces.
The ANC Kwa Zulu Natal leadership had been at the forefront as well calling for the release of uBaba as even the Premier Sihle Zikalala had asked Cyril Ramaphosa to consider granting Msholozi a Presidential parole.
Inasmuch as many are happy for his release, there are those who are against his release. The DA and the Helen Suzman Foundation have even taken to court to challenge the decision taken by the National commissioner of Correctional service, Arthur Fraser to grant President Zuma a medical parole.
Despite all that, President Zuma will be home most definitely this month. This was confirmed by his younger brother, Joseph Zuma.
It is official now Zuma could spend the next long weekend surrounded by family in the comfort of his Nkandla homestead in picturesque KwaZulu-Natal, a family elder said on Wednesday.
“I was told to wait for this week to pass and then he will be home. That is what they said to me, but we are still going to confirm,” said Zuma’s 80-year-old brother Joseph.
Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo would only say that “the doctors treating him will decide” when the time is right to discharge Zuma.
However, another source confirmed what Joseph was told, saying Zuma was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital on September 24.
This has not been confirmed yet, it is just a preliminary date. We are hoping it will be early next week, we are tired of waiting,” said the source.
However, on the other news, the JG ZUMA Foundation informed the nation that President Zuma's release will be done secretly for securityreasons.
In a tweet, the JG Zuma Foundation said: “Due to a frenzy of media enquiries, the foundation wishes to advise that due to security reasons, the discharge of H.E President Zuma from the hospital will not be announced. At the right time subject to Correctional Services conditions, further announcements will be made.”
Unfortunately, those who have been calling for the President Zuma to be released, will not get the opportunity to celebrate his return to his Nkandla homestead as they have planned already.
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