Former President Jacob Zuma has been released from the mang.
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) yesterday confirmed that Zuma has been placed on medical parole.
“Section 75(7)(a) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998, affords the National Commissioner a responsibility to 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,” said DCS national spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.
He said medical parole’s eligibility for Zuma was “impelled by a medical report” received by the Department of Correctional Services.
It has not been revealed from what ailment the former prez suffers.
“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,” Nxumalo said.
“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.”
He said medical parole can only be revoked if an offender does not comply with the placement conditions, adding: “We appeal to all South Africans to afford Mr Zuma dignity as he continues to receive medical treatment.”
Zuma, 79, was admitted to hospital in August.
He is serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court over his refusal to abide by subpoenas to make a further appearance at the Zondo commission into state capture.
Zuma’s corruption case has been adjourned until September 9 because of his ill health, which required his hospitalisation outside the Estcourt Correctional Centre.
African News Agency