Jacob Zuma’s legal team insists that the former president is terminally ill and that the challenge to his medical parole is based smoke and mirrors.
The High Court in Pretoria heard an urgent application on Tuesday by the Helen Suzman Foundation, AfriForum and the DA to have the decision to grant Zuma medical parole set aside.
Zuma was released on medical parole in September, only months after the Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court.
The organizations that brought the urgent applications against Zuma’s medical parole has accused then-Correctional Services boss, Arthur Fraser of abusing the system and acting unlawfully.
The applicants claimed that Fraser failed to substantiate his reasons for granting Zuma medical parole, particularly with no information proving that he was terminally ill or incapacitated.
However, Zuma’s lawyer, Advocate Dali Mpofu, has described the court challenge as frivolous and based on untruths, adding that Zuma did in fact provide the medical parole board with his medical report.
“Dr Mphatswe knows exactly about Section 79.1 because he is a member of the board, so he would not say that ‘I wish to recommend that the applicant be released on medical parole’ if conditions were not been met.”
Judgment in the matter has been reserved.
Sources: MSN, WorldNews
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