Court to hear Zuma’s request to appeal a ruling that set aside medical parole

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Former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team will on Tuesday argue that former Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser acted within his power when granting Zuma medical parole in September.

Last week, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the decision to grant Zuma medical parole was unlawful.

VIDEO: SABC’s Samkele Maseko reports that Arthur Fraser’s decision to parole Zuma unlawful:

On Wednesday last week, the same court ordered that the former President must return to prison for the completion of his 15 months’ sentence.

Zuma was sentenced for contempt of court after he refused to continue to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi says, “They’ll also point out to the Judge that he actually …Section 79 when in fact the primary section in the Correctional Services Act was in fact that was applicable in this case was actually Section 75 which Section gives the final authority on such matters to the Commissioner. So the Commissioner acted within his power in terms of that Section.”

In the related video below from September, Fraser stands by his decision to release Zuma on medical parole:

Additional reporting by Zoleka Qodashe.