The SABC understands from reliable sources that former President, Jacob Zuma is currently back at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal after being discharged from hospital.
Earlier this month, the National Commissioner of correctional services, Arthur Fraser authorised Zuma’s release on medical parole, after serving almost two months of his prison sentence for contempt of court.
Zuma had ignored the Constitutional Court’s ruling that he continue testifying at the State Capture Commission hearings. The Democratic Alliance (DA) and lobby group, Afriforum have since headed to the courts to challenge Fraser’s decision to grant Zuma medical parole.
Meanwhile, the former president is threatening to lay a criminal charge against Advocate Billy Downer following the alleged leak of a doctor’s letter on his health to a journalist.
This emerged in the Pietermaritzburg High Court as legal teams wrapped up their arguments in the application for Advocate Billy Downer to recuse himself.
Zuma and French arms company Thales are facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering in connection with the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal.
Zuma’s advocate Dali Mpofu said if the court does not take steps on the leaked letter, Zuma plans to lay a criminal charge.
“Anybody My Lord . . . Yourself My Lord with respect, me, anyone else . . How would you feel if your family members find out from a newspaper report that you suffer from a condition which poses a significant risk to your life? And you’re told, ‘that’s merely, you know.’ And people, relatives, friends – must find that out because of leakage by the NPA.” Reporting by Natasha Phiri and Dries Liebenberg
Court proceedings below: