Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Department of Correctional Services announced on Sunday that former president Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole.
Zuma who is serving a 15-month jail term in KwaZulu-Natal for contempt of court, was admitted to the hospital a month ago for medical observation.
Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi says the foundation welcomes the decision of the parole board.
“The foundation welcomes this development; it is an indication that indeed there is some humaneness in the system. We welcome the fact that the decision was taken by not just one but two teams of doctors one from correctional services and one from the SA military. It ticks the boxes as well of the issues of the second opinion. We will still study the conditions under which he is being released,” said Manyi.
Manyi says doctors are still making assessments on his health.
“Just to confirm president Zuma right now is still in hospital, the fact that he is being released on medical parole doesn’t mean that tonight he is going home. The doctors must still make an assessment and that will be announced when that happens as well.”
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