The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to consider a request to release former President Jacob Zuma from parole. The hearing is expected to take place on August 15 and arguments will be filed on June 1 and July 1. The appeal follows former National Commissioner for Corrections Arthur Fraser's decision to release Zuma.
The penitentiary appealed the decision that Fraser's decision to release Zuma was invalid and he should return to prison. Both parties appealed to Judge Elias Matoyane, who ordered Zuma to return to prison and serve his sentence again.
Matoyane wants the former president to serve the 15-month prison sentence handed down to him by the Constitutional Court last year. Zuma was found guilty by the Supreme Court after failing to appear before Zondo's commission of inquiry into the country's conquest.
He was later granted medical parole by his ally and then National Correctional Commissioner Arthur Fraser. Matojane revoked Zuma's medical parole, saying it was illegal. The court allowed Zuma and the department to appeal the decision to the SCA.
The department filed documents claiming that it was "right" in releasing Zuma from prison and Fraser was justified in his decision. Zuma and the department claim the former statesman is seriously ill and suffering from merchandise and therefore cannot be read for parole.
In addition to terminal illness and physical disability, inmates suffer from illnesses that severely limit their daily activities, or self-sufficiency may also be considered for medical parole. Zuma was jailed in July after he surrendered at the Estcourt prison in KwaZulu-Natal. Two months into his 15-month sentence, he was released on medical parole.
Less than a month into his sentence, Zuma was classified as a low-risk prisoner and allowed to attend his brother's funeral in Nkandla. His arrest led to a series of non-stop riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, resulting in many deaths and serious business damage.
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