The National Joint Operation and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) is ‘ready for any eventuality’ ahead of the Department of Correctional Services’ decision on former President Jacob Zuma’s return to prison.
Makgothi Thobakgale, the department’s acting national commissioner, will decide whether Zuma will be returned to prison to serve the remainder of his 15-month sentence.
Natjoints was ready, according to police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe.
Singabakho Nxumalo, the department’s spokesperson, said there was no need for extra precautions because all correctional facilities were operating, with the exception of Kutama Sinthumule in Limpopo.
Nxumalo added: “The 243 correctional centres in this country are operational, except for Kutama Sinthumule. Therefore, there is no need for extra measures. The national commissioner will make his decision known at the time that he will prefer. So, speculating around it and the state of facilities does not arise at this stage.”
STATEMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
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— Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services 🇿🇦 (@Min_JCS) August 4, 2023
Thobakgale has evaluated these arguments in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision.
The threat of Zuma’s re-incarceration has loomed since the Constitutional Court denied the department’s plea for leave to appeal the SCA’s decision to re-incarcerate Zuma.
The verdict was announced by the Supreme Court last month.
Court determined that the department’s appeal had no reasonable chance of success and dismissed the case with costs.
The Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison for refusing to appear and testify before the State Capture Investigation.
He was arrested in July 2021 and only stayed at the Estcourt Correctional Services Facility in KwaZulu-Natal for two months.
Former National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser granted Zuma medical parole, allowing him to be released.