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Zuma'S Medical Parole To Get A Courtly Test


On August 6, his foundation said Zuma had been taken to a hospital for medical observation. On Sunday, September 4 the department of corrections services (DCS) announced that Zuma had been released on parole after receiving a report.


Zuma was taken to a hospital at Estcourt Correctional Centre in August, where he is serving a 15-month sentence.    


News24 reported that Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesman Mzwanele Manyi said the former president had been taken for his regular annual medical check-up to hospital.


Mr Manyi said that Zuma was under the supervision of prison authorities and was not outside until the evening after his lawyers had studied the department's statement and implications. Zuma was under hospital care and would not be out until it was evening.    


Zuma's foundation welcomed the decision and said he would serve the remainder of his sentence in prison. South African media reported he could return to his home in Nkandla to recover.    


Zuma was sentenced to a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court for a resignation hearing. The Medical Parole Advisory Board recommended probation, but it was granted - a move that Fraser appears to have ignored to help Zuma out of Nkandla.    

The Constitutional Court last week sentenced the former South African President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for defying orders to testify in corruption investigations during his nine-year term until 2018.


The investigation is being led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. The court sentenced Zuma for contempt of court to 15 months in prison after he refused to testify in the arrest investigation. He was sentenced on June 29 for allegedly resisting orders to testify in the corruption investigation into his presidency.    


Zuma is currently serving a two-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal and has received medical parole.


His hospitalization led to the postponement of his corruption trial, which was to be heard at the Supreme Court of Pietermaritzburg and is likely to cause further delays. Zuma's probation is in stark contrast to what his foundation said less than a month ago.    


On July 7, Zuma surrendered to authorities to begin his 15-month sentence, sparking protests that escalated into massive violence, looting and the death of more than 300 people in two of South Africa's most important provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.    


During his detention, Zuma was taken to the medical wing of the prison and transferred to an external hospital for treatment, which meant that he was unable to attend court hearings during the trial in recent months.

Prison authorities appealed to South Africans to grant Zuma dignity so he could continue receiving medical treatment.    


The Justice Ministry announced Sunday that former president Jacob Zuma will be released on parole less than two months after his sentence began for contempt of court a 15-month sentence amid speculation about his incurable illness.


The ministry said in a statement that Zuma's medical parole would take effect on Sunday when South Africa's former president will serve the remaining 15-month prison term for contempt.    


Convicted former South African President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison in July after the Constitutional Court convicted him of contempt of court after failing to appear before a corruption inquiry committee despite repeated court orders.


In June, Zuma, 79, was convicted after losing his appeal to the country's highest court for repeatedly refusing to appear before a commission of inquiry into the state capture, in which a number of witnesses accused him of facilitating corruption.    

As a result of the judgment, President Thabo Mbeki impeached Zuma as Vice-President on 14 June 2005. Zuma, 79, surrendered to authorities at the start of his sentence on July 7. After Zuma surrendered the same day, protests by Zuma supporters escalated into riots with looting and arson, which President Cyril Ramaphosa called an uprising.    


Zuma was arrested on July 7 and sentenced to 15 months in prison for feigning a court order to testify before an investigative committee.


Zuma was jailed in 2018 for allegedly defying orders by the Constitutional Court to testify before a commission investigating high-level corruption during his nine-year term. Zuma's arrest in July led to mass unrest in several South African regions.    


Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen said there had not been enough transparency about Zuma's health to demand his release. The former president's incarceration has worsened his health, his spokesman told AFP news agency, which has had an "exponential impact" on his deteriorating condition.    


As the opposition party, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), John Steenhuisen, said he would ask the parliament and government of President Cyril Ramaphosa to fully explain Zuma's health and the reasons for his release.

The DA chief said that his party was on the way to a court filing to record the decisions that led to the decision to give former President Jacob Zuma medical re-election.    


JOHANNESBURG, 5 Sept (PTI) - South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma who is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court has been released on parole due to his poor health, prison officials said Sunday.


Zuma, 79, had advised the former president to decide whether to comply with the arrest order. Former South African President Jacob Zuma is due to be released on parole on September 5.    

The former South African President Jacob Zuma was released from prison on health grounds, the government's corrections department said on Sunday.


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