Zuma placed on medical parole, Correctional Services Dept confirms
Former South African president Jacob Zuma who is facing fraud and corruption charges greets supporters in the gallery of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 17 May 2021. Picture: Rogan Ward/AFP
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court for contempt, for failing to appear before the state capture inquiry and answer questions.

JOHANNESBURG/ CAPE TOWN – The Department of Correctional Services has on Sunday announced that former President Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court for contempt, for failing to appear before the state capture inquiry and answer questions.

In a statement, the Correctional Services Department said Zuma’s medical parole’s eligibility is impelled by a medical report received by the department. “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 parole placement for Mr Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.”

AN ‘UNNACCEPTABLE’ DECISION

The Congress of the People (Cope) has condemned a decision to grant Jacob Zuma medical parole.

The party’s Denis Bloem described the decision to grant Zuma medical parole as unacceptable.

“Placing former President Jacob Zuma on parole makes a mockery of the parole system in this country. It is quite clear that Jacob Zuma received preferential treatment from day one from the Department of Correctional Services.”

Bloem added its clear Zuma received preferential treatment.

Source : EWN