Tebogo Msimanga |
The Department of Correctional Service confirmed on Sunday that former President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been placed on medical parole. In June, the Constitutional Court found Zuma guilty of contempt of court. He was serving a 15 months sentence at Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal
Department Spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said medical parole placement for Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.
“Medical Parole can only be revoked if an offender does not comply with the placement conditions We want to reiterate that placement on medical parole is an option available to all sentenced offenders provided they meet all the requirements.”
Nxumalo appealed to all South Africans to afford Zuma dignity as he continues to receive medical treatment.