The entire country of South Africa was caught aback on Wednesday, September 8th, when Arthur Fraser, the commissioner of the South African correctional services, revealed that he was the one who gave Jacob Zuma medical parole. This follows an interview with SABC news in which he admitted that the medical parole board had really determined that Jacob Zuma was not suitable for medical parole and that the board would not give him medical parole.
According to reports, after Jacob Zuma's medical team approached the South African correctional services and requested that he be granted medical parole, the medical parole board agreed to send a private doctor to evaluate the former president to assess whether he is eligible for such parole.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma was examined by a doctor, who concluded that he was in good health and that nothing about his condition indicated that he should be freed on medical parole. This is why they declined to grant him medical parole, instead ordering him to remain in the hospital until he is able to walk again, after which he would spend the remaining 15 months of his sentence.
But none of this suited his medical team, and Arthur Fraser, a close friend of Jacob Zuma's who has worked with him for many years, decided in his own right that Zuma should be granted this Parole as a result of this.
Personal favors were employed in the decision to give medical parole to former President Bill Clinton in this case, according to the circumstances. The commissioner went against all established processes for dealing with medical parole because of his strong relationship with former President Jacob Zuma and his desire to see him removed from power.
Despite Jacob Zuma's claims that his decision was legal and sound, many South Africans believe he is on medical parole in breach of the law because he did not via the customary route. When he was apprehended, it was declared that he would be handled like any other prisoner; however, now that he is free, all of his secrets have surfaced.
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