Former South African President Jacob Zuma and the rest of the country will find out next week if the former leader of the republic will return to prison to finish his sentence or not.
The Department of Correctional Services stated on Friday that it had received comments from various parties about former president Jacob Zuma’s detention.
“The next phase is for the national commissioner, Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale, to consider every material received, the Judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal, and prescripts within the space of Corrections.
“Commissioner Thobakgale is to make his decision on or before August 10 and it will be communicated publicly,” said department spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo.
In July, the Constitutional Court denied the Department of Correctional Services’ request for leave to challenge a Supreme judgment on whether Zuma should be returned to prison or not.
The court ruled that the appeal had no reasonable chance of success and rejected the application with costs.
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court in 2021 after failing to appear before the Zondo Commission. His imprisonment prompted rioting in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, with businesses being plundered and torched and over 350 people being killed.
Former DCS national commissioner Arthur Fraser freed Zuma on medical parole two months after his arrest.
The former president has returned from Russia, where he was receiving medical treatment.