The High Court in Pretoria has granted former President, Jacob Zuma and the Department of Correctional Services leave to appeal in the judgment nullifying Zuma’s medical parole.
Judge Elias Mathojane says there are prospects of a different court coming to a different conclusion. “Because of his illness and advanced age he needs compassion. In my view another court may take this into consideration and come to a different finding accordingly. For the above reason leave to appeal is granted to the Supreme Court of Appeal and that cost will be in the appeal.
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Last Wednesday, the same court ruled that the decision to grant Zuma medical parole was unlawful.
The court also ordered that Zuma returns to jail and that the time he had spent out of jail, on medical parole, would not count towards his sentence.
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Zuma’s legal team argues that former Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser acted within his power when granting Zuma medical parole in September.
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 said, “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.”