The High Court recently nullified former president Jacob Zuma’s medical parole grant – and ordered that he return to prison
Less than a week after ruling against former president Jacob Zuma’s medical parole, the North Gauteng High Court is expected to hear an application for leave to appeal the very same judgement. On Wednesday, 14 December, the court declared a decision by then Correctional Services’ Commissioner Arthur Fraser to release Zuma, as unlawful and ordered that he return to prison.
The matter is set to be heard at 10:00 on Tuesday, 21 December. You can catch the proceedings here.
Both Zuma and the Department of Correctional Services intend challenging the judgement as they believe another court will come to a different conclusion.
REMINDER: The Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to 15 months behind bars for contempt after he refused to oblige by a ruling by the same court, ordering him to appear before the State Capture Commission. Zuma started serving his time at the Estcourt Correctional Facility in July, but soon had to receive medical attention for an undisclosed ailment. It was then announced in September that Fraser had chosen to grant Zuma medical parole, despite a Medical Parole Advisory Board advising against that.
AFRIFORUM CHALLENGING ZUMA’S APPEAL APPLICATION
Afriforum, which will be opposing Jacob Zuma’s bid, says the courts continuing with the matter is a waste of its time and resources. The lobby group says its legal team plans to lay out its case before the court, including why the former president opposing the rulng against his medical parole grant is not lawful.
“AfriForum’s legal team will state reasons on 21 December 2021 as to why Jacob Zuma’s attempt to appeal against the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that the decision to grant his medical parole was illegal was simply a waste of the courts’ time,” the lobby group said.
“Zuma’s legal team will appear in court on the same day to state why they want to appeal against the verdict. AfriForum’s legal team is of the opinion that Zuma’s appeal does not stand a reasonable chance of succeeding”
There has been mixed reaction to the news, with Zuma supporters saying the court’s ruling speaks to the judiciary being captured. Others, including the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Afriforum, have welcomed the ruling.