DA Requests Court To Declare Zuma’s Parole Unfair And Unlawful

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison in July for refusing to return before the state capture panel and defying a Constitutional Court order to do so.

DA Asks Court To Declare Zuma's Parole Unfair And Illegal-SurgerZirc SA
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On Friday morning, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will submit an application in Pretoria’s High Court to have former President Jacob Zuma’s medical parole reviewed.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison in July for refusing to return before the state capture panel and defying a Constitutional Court order to do so.

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He was brought to the hospital with an undisclosed medical problem almost two months into his sentence, which contributed to him being granted parole. The DA’s John Steenhuisen said the party wanted Zuma’s medical parole decision declared “unfair and unlawful” by the court.

“Fraser’s relationship over many years with Mr Zuma, serving as his former spy boss, and the revelations that came out in a number of publications including the Mohammadi report, it was not possible for Fraser to give an impassioned and unbiased review of this particular process.”

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Other opposition parties are also questioning the role of politics in the decision and are demanding answers.

“Political motives are playing a huge role in these type of roles, and that should come to an end,” said the Freedom Front Plus’ Pieter Groenewald.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said: “This is nothing else but a political directive. What we see is that these director generals are being used as fall guys or sacrificed for political expediency.”

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