Former President Jacob Zuma has accused the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), AfriForum, and the Democratic Alliance (DA) of conspiring to humiliate him.
The three have taken Zuma to the North Gauteng High Court in an attempt to overturn the decision of the Department of Correctional Services to grant the ex-president medical parole.
Zuma’s lawyer, Thabani Masuku SC, told North Gauteng High Court Judge Keoagile Matojane on Tuesday that he should dismiss the application because the applicants (the HSF, AfriForum, and the DA) lacked locus standi to bring the application.
He claimed that granting the application would have no practical legal effect and that they were requesting a violation of Zuma’s right to privacy because it would result in the former president’s medical records being published in newspapers.
”They are seeking to humiliate Mr Zuma,” Masuku said, adding that they wanted the former ANC leader to come out of prison only when he was about to die.
He claimed that the HSF, AfriForum, and the DA were political organizations and that Zuma was their political adversary.”They want to humiliate Zuma. Zuma doesn’t have a duty to disclose his medical conditions to his political opponents.”
Zuma was still in prison, according to Masuku, because he was serving his sentence despite being medically paroled. ”There is no urgency met by the applicant. They don’t have the full facts.”
Masuku said the applicants had no claim to Zuma’s medical privacy and that the issue was not so urgent that it warranted the high court’s intervention. ”The interests of justice would require that what they require is a moot remedy,” he said.