Court rules Zuma parole unlawful and that he should go back to jail

The court has now directed that Zuma should return to prison and serve the remainder of his sentence.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma appears at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 23 June 2020. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria has declared former president Jacob Zuma's parole unlawful,

The court has now directed that Zuma should return to prison and serve the remainder of his sentence.

Former correctional services commissioner Arther Fraser granted him medical parole just less than two months into his sentence.

Zuma was released in September, just months after the Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court.

The DA took the matter on legal review and challenged Fraser's decision.

Zuma's team had insisted that he is terminally ill, arguing that the legal challenge to set aside his parole was smoke and mirrors.

The Helen Suzman Foundation launched an urgent application seeking to review and set aside the national commissioner's decision to place the former president on medical parole.

Director Francis Antonie said: "This is a victory. I've not yet read the judgment but I don't think people should regard this as a vindictive matter. It's not. I take no great pleasure in any 79-year-old man going to jail. It's a victory simply for process for the rule of law."

JUDGMENT - CN 2021-45997 CN 2021-46468 - CN 2021-46701 - 15 DEC 2021 - MATOJANE J by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd