Zuma’s medical condition, parole take centre stage in corruption trial

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser was also present in court after being subpoenaed to deal with Zuma’s medical parole records.

FILE: Former president Jacob Zuma outside the High Court in  Pietermaritzburg addressing supporters on 20 May 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Jacob Zuma’s medical parole records have come under scrutiny as his corruption trial continues in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser was also present in court after being subpoenaed to deal with Zuma’s medical parole records.

Zuma was granted medical parole by Fraser after he overruled the medical parole advisory board's initial decision that he shouldn't be freed.

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The former president’s medical parole has become the centre of attention in his corruption trial.

Zuma is in court for a special plea application to have prosecutor Billy Downer removed from the case.

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Advocate Wim Trengove - representing Downer - wants Zuma’s medical records.

He said the ex-statesmen hadn’t justified his absence from court.

“We submit that he is unlawfully absent today, we’re not asking the court to determine that issue today, but that is a live issue before you and we ask for that evidence to be placed in your custody because that issue is alive, and our doctors would like to see it in order to assess our position.”

Advocate Dali Mpofu has countered, saying the records were not relevant to Tuesday’s proceedings.

“If it’s about parole, then it’s completely irrelevant and abusive of the process.”

But Judge Piet Koen said Zuma’s absence was due to his poor health, making his medical records relevant.

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