Supreme Court of Appeal rules Jacob Zuma’s medical parole was unlawful, orders him to return to jail

File Picture: Theo Jeptha/ African News Agency(ANA)

File Picture: Theo Jeptha/ African News Agency(ANA)

Published Nov 21, 2022


Durban - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has unanimously confirmed that the medical parole granted to former president Jacob Zuma by then-prison boss Arthur Fraser was unlawful – and it ruled he should return to jail, News24 has reported.

The publication said in a decision written by Judge Tati Makgoka, the SCA stressed that the effect of its order that Zuma had unlawfully been granted medical parole was that "Mr Zuma, in law, has not finished serving his sentence".

"He must return to the [Estcourt] Correctional Centre to do so. Whether the time spent by Mr Zuma on unlawfully granted medical parole should be taken into account in determining the remaining period of his incarceration, is not a matter for this court to decide," News24 quoted the court as saying.

"It is a matter to be considered by the commissioner. If he is empowered by law to do so, the commissioner might take that period into account in determining any application or grounds for release.“

Zuma was granted medical parole after he was hospitalised days after he handed himself in, in July 2021 after the Constitutional Court found him guilty for contempt of court and was to serve 15 months in prison.

The Gauteng high court in Pretoria reviewed and set aside Zuma’s initial successful application for parole in December 2021.