Legal team: Jacob Zuma is terminally ill, medical parole challenge frivolous

South Africa

Johannesburg – Former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team insists that he is terminally ill arguing that his medical parole challenge is based on smoke and mirrors.

The High Court in Pretoria heard an urgent application on Tuesday by the Helen Suzman Foundation, AfriForum and the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have the decision to grant the former president parole set aside.

Zuma was released in September, just months after he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court.

The organisations that have brought the urgent application against Zuma’s medical parole have accused then-Correctional Services boss Arthur Fraser of abusing the system and acting unlawfully.

The applications argued that Fraser failed to substantiate his reasons for granting Zuma parole, particularly without information to prove that he was terminally ill or incapacitated.

Zuma’s lawyer, Dali Mpofu, however, has described the court challenge as frivolous and based on untruths. He added that Zuma did in fact provide his medical parole board with his medical report.

“Dr Mphatswe knows exactly about Section 79.1 because he is a member of the board, so he would not say that ‘I wish to recommend that the applicant be released on medical parole’ if conditions were not met,” said Mpofu.

Judgment in the matter has been reserved.

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