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Former S.Africa president Zuma released from prison on medical parole

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

South Africa's jailed former president Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole because of his ill health, the government's correctional services department said on Sunday.

Last month prison authorities said Zuma, serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison for contempt of court, underwent unspecified surgery at an outside hospital where he had been sent for observation. He remained in hospital with more operations planned.

The 79-year old's eligibility for medical parole follows a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services, it said in a statement.

"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 a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires," the department added.

Its spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said that Zuma, who was imprisoned in early July, was still in hospital but could go home to continue receiving medical care. He gave no details on Zuma's illness, his parole conditions nor whether his health had deteriorated since surgery.

Mzwanele Manyi, a spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma Foundation, said it welcomed the decision of the parole board and a more detailed statement would be issued after consultation with Zuma's legal team.

Zuma was jailed for defying a Constitutional court order to give evidence at an inquiry investigating high-level corruption during his nine years in office until 2018.

When Zuma handed himself in on July 7, protests by his supporters escalated into riots involving looting and arson that President Cyril Ramaphosa described as an "insurrection."


0 #1 Wainanchi 2021-09-06 10:38
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-1 #2 Lakwena 2021-09-06 11:00
In other words in 36 years and counting, in the event that he is cornered, charged and condemned for all the crimes against humanities he committed on Ugandans; that is what Gen Tibuhaburwa is praying and hoping for: to be released on account of falling apart, due to advanced age and bad health.
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-3 #3 MR 2021-09-06 17:02
They need to confiscate/auction off all his property to gain back the billions he stole instead of wasting time and more money/resources on imprisoning him.

We'll see if any of these corrupt African leaders continue stealing from our dear continent
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-1 #4 Akot 2021-09-06 21:20
Lakwena, agreed, but,

Gen Tibuhaburwa will die in office as his post is assured by tribally divided ruled Ugandans!
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-1 #5 Akot 2021-09-06 21:23

Former president Jacob Zuma could go out in respect if he apologyses & calls S. Afticans to UNITY, to ensure a real restart of nation building, thus make the dream Mandela gave his people come true!
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+1 #6 Jonathan 2021-09-07 12:08
I obsolutely think that Former president Jacob Zuma was released on a medical parole by his old comrades in struggle who are controlling South African politics.....

They have been releasing people on a questionable medical parole, like former inspector of south african police Jack Selebi who was convicted of corruption charges
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0 #7 Akot 2021-09-07 17:03
Jonathan, understood.

Yet, Zuma could really help S. Africa by calming down the his supporters as they are also poor in situation of need & this can only be when they get to work to ensure they are well governed, especially as Zuma is no longer president, yet he can calm down the situation!

Zuma could give chance for S. Africans to get TOGETHER & fight for 'nation building', instead of demonstrating on streets then go back to dilapidated houses, with no good food because they can't afford it!

Zuma is no longer president like Museveni who will die in post & leave Ugandans dictatorless & so so lost!

So, is Zuma going to end up being a real S. African by helping the people UNITE to begin real 'nation building' for the next generation?
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