Jacob Zuma, Former South African President

Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has been granted medical parole.

The 79-year-old former leader is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at Estcourt Correctional Centre.

Though details of his health have not been made public,  a statement by the Correctional Services Department of South Africa, available to NewsWire GH  said he would complete the rest of his sentence in the community under special conditions.

“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is able to confirm that Mr. Jacob Gedleyihtekisa Zuma has been placed on medical parole. Section 75(7)(a) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998, affords the National Commissioner a responsibility to place under correctional supervision or day parole, or grant parole or medical parole to a sentenced offender serving a sentence of incarceration for 24 months or less,” the statement said.

The statement further said “The National Commissioner is also in terms of Section 52, empowered to prescribe conditions of parole. Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr. Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services. Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole.”

Medical Paroles are often given to reunite terminally or chronically ill inmates and those who suffer from significant debilitating illness with their families and loved ones during the final stages of illness and to allow death with dignity outside of prison

Zuma was sentenced on 29 June for defying an instruction to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in power. He has testified only once at the inquiry into what has become known as “state capture” – meaning the siphoning off of state assets.

He has been in hospital for the past month where he has undergone surgery and is expected to remain there until he is discharged.

Medical Parole can only be revoked if an offender does not comply with the placement conditions.


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