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'Stupid' to suggest Zuma meeting at Durban casino was secret - foundation

The Jacob Zuma Foundation has lashed out a Sunday Times report and photos of former President Jacob Zuma at Sibaya Casino in Durban. (Photo: Gallo Images)

  • Former South African president Jacob Zuma was spotted in Durban's Sibaya Casino on Friday.
  • Zuma is on medical parole after serving only a portion of his 15-month term for refusing to appear before the State Capture Commission despite a Constitutional Court ruling.
  • Zuma's visit to a casino in Durban sparked concerns regarding his medical parole restrictions.
  • The Jacob Zuma Foundation has reacted angrily to a Sunday Times piece that included images of former President Jacob Zuma at Durban's Sibaya Casino.

Zuma was said to be meeting close allies at a restaurant owned by his pal, Durban entrepreneur Vivian Reddy. Carl Niehaus, a suspended ANC member and the spokesperson for the defunct MKMVA, and Dudu Myeni, the former chairperson of South African Airways, were among those present at the meeting.

Mzwanele Manyi, a representative for the organization, told News24 that suggesting the meeting was "secret" was "ridiculous."

"In a public hotel, how can a meeting be kept secret? That alone is inexcusable. President Zuma has a plethora of hidden locations at his disposal. Why would he have a covert meeting if that's what he wanted? The report is illogical, as it makes no distinction between medical parole and home imprisonment. Only when a person is under house arrest can you question them if they are observed somewhere other than their home. This would have been considerably different if he had been placed under home arrest "Manyi remarked.

After refusing to appear before the State Capture Commission, Zuma was sentenced to prison for contempt of court. Zuma was granted medical release last month after serving a portion of his 15-month term at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the Department of Correctional Services.

Medical parole, according to Manyi, isn't just for the terminally ill.

He stated, "

Medical parole has various requirements, not just for terminally sick patients. It is naive to believe that you would wish to see President Zuma almost die in order to earn medical parole. This is a really foolish report, in which individuals don't comprehend the facts and are only interested in the surface.

Zuma's visit to a casino in Durban prompted issues regarding his medical parole requirements. It comes after Zuma informed supporters during a prayer service on Thursday that he would be unable to attend due to the weather.

Former President Jacob Zuma has spoken out for the first time since his incarceration for contempt of court, which culminated in a 15-month sentence.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) has demanded that Zuma's parole restrictions be made public by the justice and correctional services departments.

"Casac believes it is critical for the Department of Correctional Services to disclose the terms and conditions of Mr Zuma's medical parole to avoid speculation and conjecture, and to reassure South Africans that he is not receiving preferential treatment," said Casac executive secretary Lawson Naidoo.

"I don't want to confirm anything to you," Niehaus told News24 at the time.

Singabakho Nxumalo, a spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, said that Zuma requested to relocate to another location, which was granted by his monitoring authority.

"As a result, we can certify that permission was granted. This is in accordance with his parole terms " he Added.

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