Correctional Services to appeal Zuma medical parole ruling

Correctional Services to appeal Zuma medical parole ruling

The Department of Correctional Services says it stands by the decision to grant former president Jacob Zuma medical parole.

Estcourt Correctional Centre prison 6
Steve Bhengu

This after the High Court in Pretoria overturned the decision by former correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser to place former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole.


The 79-year-old politician served less than two months of a 15-month jail term for contempt of court. 


The court found that the decision was unlawful and ordered it to be set aside.


But the department is now set to launch an appeal of Wednesday’s ruling.


“Having carefully studied the judgement, DCS is convinced that another court may arrive at a different conclusion,” says spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.


“DCS is of the view that the court sadly misinterpreted the Correctional Services Act and erred in declaring the decision of the National Commissioner to place Mr Zuma on medical parole to be unlawful and setting it aside.”


Zuma was booked into a military hospital only weeks after he started serving his sentence at the Estcourt prison in KwaZulu-Natal.


“We will outline the grounds of appeal in the papers that we will be filing in court in due course,” said Nxumalo.


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