Former South African president Jacob Zuma was released on medical parole more than two months after being ordered to be imprisoned for insult, causing violent protests and fatal clashes and looting. bottom.
The government’s orthodontic services sector statement On Sunday, Mr. Zuma’s parole was “pushed by medical reports,” but no details were provided about the nature of his illness. Zuma was admitted to the hospital last month to receive the first treatment of some medical procedures, the agency said.
Mr. Zuma will remain under the supervision of his community correction system for the rest of his 15-month sentence, adding that he “will remain under supervision until his sentence expires.” But it didn’t give details about where he would serve his provisional release exactly.
His release came after his astonishing downfall as a once-celebrated Freedom Fighter, a powerful figure who fought apartheid with Nelson Mandela and ruled the African National Congress.
Zuma, 79, was forced to resign in 2018 after being rejected by the ANC, threatened by a distrust resolution in Congress, and abandoned by millions of voters. He was convicted on July 7 after South Africa’s Supreme Judiciary was convicted of despising him for refusing to appear before a committee investigating alleged corruption as president for nine years. Detained.
South African opposition Democratic Alliance leader John Steen Heisen said in a statement on Sunday that Zuma’s medical parole was “totally illegal” and “ridiculed” the country’s corrections.
“Jacob Zuma has publicly refused examinations by independent medical professionals, not to mention the medical advisory board,” said Steen Heisen, who said under the law to give prisoners medical parole. He added that a good evaluation is needed.
Under South African Orthodontic Law, medically qualified persons are terminally ill inmates working within 24 months, physically incapacitated inmates, and the ability to take care of their daily lives and themselves. A prisoner suffering from an illness that severely limits. The risk of recidivism should also be low.
“We urge all South Africans to give him dignity while he continues to be treated,” the correction department said.
A foundation named after Mr. Zuma Post to Twitter It welcomed the decision and said he was still in the hospital.
However, the One South Africa movement, which focuses on policy solutions to South Africa’s development challenges, In a Twitter statement The government’s decision was suspicious and lacked transparency.
When Mr Zuma was detained in July, supporters accused him of being arrested, claiming he was being mistreated and sending him to jail without trial. There were also calls for the closure of his hometown of KwaZulu-Natal.
The protest resulted in the deaths of several people, the loss of tens of millions of dollars, and the disruption of the country’s coronavirus vaccination program.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed troops to curb civilian anxiety and explained that it is some of the worst in the history of the country.