Zuma must go back to jail – SCA rules his medical parole was unlawful

Zuma must go back to jail - SCA rules his medical parole was unlawful

Zuma must go back to jail – SCA rules his medical parole was unlawful.

The appeal filed by former president Jacob Zuma and former jail chief Arthur Fraser regarding Zuma’s medical parole decision was dismissed on Monday with costs.

Zuma and the national commissioner’s office of the correctional service will split all expenses, including legal fees, incurred by AfriForum and the Democratic Alliance.

The Pretoria High Court determined that Fraser committed an illegal act by giving medical parole to Zuma notwithstanding the Medical Parole Advisory Board’s recommendation that it not be done last December. This followed lawsuits filed by various organizations.

Zuma was summoned to appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry for interrogation after the Constitutional Court declared him in contempt of a previous order it had issued, which was issued in June of last year. He received a 15-month prison term as punishment.

However, the Department of Correctional Services revealed two months after he reported to prison to begin serving his term that he had been granted medical parole.

This was in line with the Correctional Services Act’s section 75(7)(a), which provides that “the national commissioner may 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”.

According to data released to Eyewitness News by the Correctional Services Department, the Medical Parole Advisory Board recommended 100 times against medical parole while Fraser was chair. However, Fraser’s decision to award medical parole in Zuma’s case was the only time he did so notwithstanding the board’s rejection.

The choice of Fraser to be the Commissioner of Correctional Services was controversial.

While he was being investigated for his participation in the Principal Agent Network (PAN) Programme, for which the State Capture Commission of Inquiry has now recommended Fraser be criminally probed, he was removed from his job as Director-General of the State Security Agency.

At the time, the DA challenged his appointment.

“And when the DA challenged his appointment, Mr Ramaphosa defended it. From our perspective, this is probably the best example of how destructive the ANC cadre deployment policies are for the country”.

The National Framework Toward the Implementation of Professionalization of the Public Sector, which moves away from cadre deployment, was given by Cabinet last month.

This was a component of its reaction to the Zondo report and came as a result of increasing pressure from the DA, including a legal action it started

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