DCS: Zuma parole ruling will have implications on community corrections system

On Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria set aside the decision to release Zuma and ordered him to return to prison to serve the remainder of his 15-month sentence.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma stands in the dock during the recess of his corruption trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 26 May 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Correctional Services said that the High Court judgment reversing the release of former President Jacob Zuma on medical parole could have implications on more than 60,000 parolees who were serving their sentences in communities.

On Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria set aside the decision to release Zuma and ordered him to return to prison to serve the remainder of his 15-month sentence.

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The court also ruled that the time that Zuma spent out of prison should not be subtracted from his overall sentence.

The former president's lawyers and the Department of Correctional Services have announced that they will be appealing the judgment.

The department's spokesperson Singabhako Nxumalo said that they would be seeking clarity on the implications of the judgment on the community corrections system.

"I think we need that matter clarified so that we do not find challenges moving forward. In this country, we have about 65,000 people who are serving their sentences in the community, so this will have implications," Nxumalo said.