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Zuma’s mysterious ‘medical situation’ weaponised…


Jacob Zuma has taken intention at Karyn Maughan — a veteran authorized author who has coated the previous president’s lengthy foot-dragging to unfreedom — for allegedly disclosing his “medical situation” in her reportage of the varied challenges to his medical parole.

Prosecutor Billy Downer, who has held on for years ready for the State’s day in courtroom in Zuma’s corruption trial, has additionally been focused by the previous president, now accused No 1, for his alleged “leaking” of a health care provider’s letter to Maughan.

Maughan argued in her founding affidavit that the summons by Zuma is “illegal, vexatious and a gross abuse of the method of courtroom”.

It had been obtained, mentioned Maughan, “for the ulterior goal of intimidating and harassing me and stopping me from freely doing my job as a journalist reporting on Mr Zuma’s felony trial”.

This ulterior motive was obvious from statements and feedback made by representatives of Zuma and his shut associates, she mentioned, including: “There are completely no prospects of success in respect of the costs Mr Zuma has laid in opposition to me.” 

Strike one needs to be that Zuma has not obtained a nolle prosequi certificates from the Director of Public Prosecutions which legally entitles him to institute a personal prosecution in opposition to Maughan, as required beneath part 7(2)(a) of the Prison Process Act (CPA) 51 of 1977.

That needs to be the top of it.

Subsequently, Zuma lacked standing to institute the personal prosecution beneath part 7(1) of the CPA within the first place, and had “no substantial and peculiar curiosity within the challenge of the trial since he has personally suffered no harm as a consequence of the offence he alleges I’ve dedicated”.

What’s Maughan’s alleged sin?

So what authorized sin does Zuma declare Maughan has dedicated?

The place has she certainly disclosed his “medical situation”?

Earlier than we set sail throughout these murky, treacherous waters, shrouded in a fog of fugitive story-spinning, flip rapidly to somebody close to you.

Ask: “Have you learnt what Jacob Zuma’s medical situation is? What particularly is he affected by?”

In case you’re alone, there’s Google. Faucet “Jacob Zuma’s medical situation”.

You’ll find no particular reply. Nada, zip, zilch.

The place you will discover far more element of Zuma’s illnesses is in Arthur Fraser’s personal submissions within the excessive courtroom problem by the Democratic Alliance, the Helen Suzman Basis and AfriForum to Fraser’s granting of medical parole to Zuma.

Whereas the medical assessments by Dr LJ Mphatswe of the Medical Parole Advisory Board and Zuma’s private doctor, Dr QSM Mafa, had been nearly solely blacked out, there are extra particulars in Mphatswe’s report.

There he describes Zuma’s “life-threatening cardiac and neurological occasions” in addition to “potential surgical procedure” of a “doubtlessly growth of a malignant situation arising from a excessive grade ileocecal and colon lesion exists [sic]”.

Connected to Fraser’s affidavit to the excessive courtroom was one deposed by Nompumelelo Radebe, employed on the Estcourt Correctional Centre the place Zuma was incarcerated on expenses of contempt of courtroom in July 2021. This sheds much more gentle on Zuma’s signs.

Radebe additionally provides perception into the convict ex-president’s first hours within the Estcourt jail and his nearly rapid deteriorating state of well being.

Zuma’s first days in jail

After the previous president arrived in a blue-light convoy and the world caught hearth exterior, he was “oriented on the foundations and laws of the correctional centre”.

Zuma was advised the “stipulated time for unlocking of cells and lock-up. Mr Zuma was additional knowledgeable that he should make his mattress and clear his cell.”

The previous president was additionally issued with “two pairs of offender uniform and toiletries” and “a right away medical evaluation had been carried out”.

On 10 July, two days after his incarceration, Radebe mentioned, “I seen Zuma doesn’t make up his mattress nor clear his cell as anticipated.”

Radebe escalated the matter to her superiors. When requested why he “did not make up his mattress and cleansing of the cell [sic], Mr Zuma indicated that he was not feeling properly and he typically feels weak and unable to make up his mattress or clear his cell”.

The nursing workers had been then “guided” to do the home work for the previous president.

On 21 July, the operational supervisor of nursing on the jail had registered a number of considerations about Zuma’s bodily state, mentioned Radebe.

 


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These included a “drastic change of complexion, reddish eyes, lack of weight, challenges together with his mobility, insomnia, lack of ability to adequately execute his core duties [sic] and swelling of the ft that was very regarding”.

Dr Google would possibly assist right here with these signs and a wild-guess analysis.

By 5 August, the staff had briefed Fraser, who suggested that he had been contacted by a health care provider who knowledgeable him Zuma must be moved to an exterior hospital for “an pressing medical process”.

Zuma was then transferred to the Mediclinic Coronary heart Hospital in Pretoria the place he acquired 24-hour medical care. 

On his launch, he recuperated on the R5.2-million Waterkloof Ridge residence of his spouse Bongi Ngema (paid for by the Gupta family) earlier than heading off for the agricultural tranquillity of KZN.

Gunning for Maughan

In her affidavit, Maughan mentioned: “A easy evaluation of the details — all of that are well-known to Mr Zuma and are succinctly set out in a judgment by Decide Piet Koen” made it clear that the costs had been with none advantage.

Maughan is accused of exposing “with out requisite permission, the contents of a letter dated 8 August 2021 from Brigadier-Basic (Dr) [Mcebisi] Mdutywa of the South African Army Well being Service regarding Mr Zuma’s well being standing”.

Zuma alleged the letter was within the possession of the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority on the time and that it had in some way been “leaked” to Maughan.

Maughan mentioned: “The oral request I made to [the advocate] Mr [Andrew] Breitenbach on 9 August 2021 was for copies of the courtroom papers that had been or can be filed for the listening to the next day.”

Court docket papers are public paperwork and her request, mentioned Maughan, had been made on the idea of this understanding.

“It’s a frequent observe for journalists to ask attorneys and counsel for public courtroom paperwork.”

In actual fact, Mdutywa’s letter mentioned little, other than that Zuma had undergone “an in depth medical process”.

Mdutywa’s letter connected to courtroom papers is much much less personally intrusive than these filed by Fraser, with attachments, about Zuma’s well being.

Go determine.

Maughan mentioned that her reporting on Zuma’s trial and different politically charged issues had “raised the ire of Mr Zuma and his supporters”.

She had been “repeatedly maligned and threatened, together with by members of Mr Zuma’s household and his representatives on the Jacob G Zuma Basis (‘the Zuma Basis’) for doing my job”. 

Maughan connected transcripts of vicious tweets by Zuma’s daughter Duduzile Sambudla-Zuma.

On 12 August 2021, shortly after Maughan reported on the postponement of a courtroom matter, Sambudla-Zuma posted a tweet “referencing journalists being crushed up in Sri Lanka along with the next menace: ‘@KarynMaughan Come Look Right here’,” Maughan mentioned.

The torrent on the Twitter sewerage pipe

The announcement of the service of Zuma’s summons on Maughan on 6 September was accompanied, she mentioned, “by a torrent of social media abuse directed at me, led by the Zuma Basis, Mr [Mzwanele] Manyi and Ms Zuma-Sambudla”.

Maughan mentioned that over time she had been “subjected to various levels of criticism and vitriol on social media and, as a journalist, one rapidly learns to develop a thick pores and skin, as unlucky as that’s. 

“However lately, the final, typically gender-specific abuse, has escalated markedly. The net and actual abuse of girls journalists has been a problem that has acquired consideration from each worldwide and native human rights our bodies and press freedom organisations.”

In July final 12 months, the United Nations particular rapporteur on gender justice and freedom of expression, Irene Khan, launched a report on this challenge, mentioned Maughan.

Following the Zuma Basis’s announcement of Zuma’s personal prosecution, and the following tweets by Manyi and Zuma-Sambudla, Maughan mentioned she had change into “the goal of an unprecedented stage of social media abuse, a lot of it directed at my gender”.

The assaults, she added, “additionally appeared meant to function a menace to journalists generally — to intimidate journalists protecting Mr Zuma’s trial and political undertaking, and to discourage them reporting on occasions in a crucial and impartial method, insofar as that reporting doesn’t please Mr Zuma, his representatives and supporters”.

Abuse of courtroom course of

A part of the marketing campaign, mentioned Maughan, was the summons, which was “a gross abuse of the courtroom course of obtained for an ulterior goal. 

“It’s a cynical assault on the correct to freedom of expression and a free media, which is the lifeblood of our constitutional democracy, and which is protected by part 16 of the Structure.

“Certainly, Mr Zuma’s conduct in issuing this summons, given the circumstances set out on this affidavit as an entire, breaches his obligations in relation to the correct to freedom of expression and free media contained in part 16 of the Structure.” DM

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