Jacob Zuma: Former President of South Africa released from… prison on medical parole

Zuma, 79, has a 15 months prison sentence since July for contempt of court after he in has defied his time a subpoena to appear at a corruption investigation in office.

“medical parole” for Mr Zuma means he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, which he must comply with with a specific set of conditions and will be supervised until his punishment expires, “Department of South Africa” of Correctional Services (DCS) said: in a statement on Sunday.

The DCS said it was “forced” to grant Zuma medical parole after receiving a medical report.

“Besides being terminally ill and physically disabled, detainees can die suffer from a disease die their daily activities of self-care severely limited, also to be considered for medical parole,” the statement said.

The DCS appealed to South Africans “to give Mr. Zuma dignity while he continues to receive medical treatment.”

More than 70 dead in South Africa protests after former leader Jacob Zuma is jailed
Deadly violence erupted in South Africa in July after Zuma handed himself over in to detention, which led to widespread protests and looting as soldiers and the police struggled to restore order. It was what of the worst violence the country had seen in year.

Zuma’s successor, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, said the unrest had been “turned on” and that he would not allow “anarchy and mayhem unfold in the country.”

Zuma served as president from 2009 to 2018 and was once widely celebrated as a key figure in the country’s liberation movement. He spent 10 years in prison with anti-apartheid hero and former President Nelson Mandela.

But his nine years in power were flawed with accusations of high level corruption, which he has repeatedly denied.

Zuma is accused of corruption involving three businessmen die close to him – the brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta – were involved and allowed them to influence government policy, including hiring and firing of ministers in line with the family’s business interests. The Guptas deny wrongdoing, but left South Africa after Zuma was ousted from the presidency.

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