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We don’t wish to see Zuma going again to jail, says eThekwini ANC

Former president Jacob Zuma. (Photograph by Gallo Pictures/Darren Stewart)

  • The eThekwini ANC says it respects the rule of regulation after the Supreme Court docket of Enchantment stated former president Jacob Zuma’s medical parole was illegal.
  • Nevertheless, it maintained it doesn’t wish to see Zuma again behind bars.
  • The area is of the view the previous president already served his sentence.

The ANC within the eThekwini area of KwaZulu-Natal was unequivocal it doesn’t wish to see former president Jacob Zuma again behind bars following the Supreme Court docket of Enchantment (SCA) ruling that labelled his medical parole as illegal. Nevertheless, it additionally acknowledged it revered the ruling.

“eThekwini as law-abiding residents, we settle for the judgment. We’re very snug with it, as a result of it isn’t implementing the previous president to return to jail,” stated regional secretary Musa Nciki on Monday.

The SCA discovered former prisons boss Arthur Fraser had no authorized energy to override the medical parole advisory board and launch Zuma.

The judgment stated Zuma had not completed serving his sentence, however it could be as much as the Division of Correctional Companies commissioner to determine if the previous president’s medical parole would rely as time served.

“I feel if now we have to have a look at this entire matter, a technique or one other, the previous president has served his sentence already,” Nciki added.

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For the ANC eThekwini area, Zuma heading again to jail can be a double sentence, he stated.

“For us, you can’t go in and serve a sentence twice. I feel that may be a nice consideration that must be made by the commissioner.

“He has served his sentence; the time period has come to an finish. We don’t wish to see him going again to jail.”

Nciki stated there have been no plans to mobilise help for Zuma.

“We should not have any plans to mobilise help, however with that in thoughts, we’ll all the time help the previous president.

“We all know that in this time of yr, he has programmes to help younger individuals and we might be by his aspect when he does this.”

Different political events on Monday lauded the judgment, saying the commissioner wanted to ship Zuma again to jail.

DA chief John Steenhuisen stated it was “essential” for the commissioner to do “the proper factor”.

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“Zuma should be made to serve his sentence like all strange South African can be made to do. The commissioner shouldn’t be swayed by threats of a repeat of the July unrest in KZN final yr, which had been sparked by Zuma supporters protesting his arrest.”

ActionSA chief Herman Mashaba stated the position of Fraser, in releasing Zuma, should be examined.

“Arthur Fraser’s position within the matter should not be forgotten, because it was he who made the illegal determination to grant medical parole regardless of the authorized provisions not being adhered to. He too should face the music.

“Abuse of authorized processes that must be open to bona fide medically unwell people ought to by no means be condoned,” Mashaba added.

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