Former South African President Zuma released from prison on medical parole

Zuma, 79, has been serving a 15-month prison sentence since July for contempt of courtroom after defying a summons to seem at an inquiry into corruption throughout his time in workplace.

“Medical parole placement for Mr 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,” South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services (DCS) mentioned in a press release on Sunday.

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

“Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole,” the assertion mentioned.

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

More than 70 killed in South Africa protests after former leader Jacob Zuma is jailed
Deadly violence erupted in South Africa in July after Zuma handed himself in to custody, triggering widespread protests and looting as troopers and police struggled to revive order. It was a few of the worst violence the nation had seen in years.

Zuma’s successor, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, mentioned the unrest was “instigated” and that that he wouldn’t permit “anarchy and mayhem to unfold in the country.”

Zuma served as president from 2009 to 2018 and was as soon as broadly celebrated as a key determine within the nation’s liberation motion. He spent 10 years in jail with anti-apartheid hero and former President Nelson Mandela.

But his 9 years in energy have been marred with allegations of high-level corruption, which he has repeatedly denied.

Zuma is accused of corruption involving three businessmen near him — brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta — and permitting them to affect authorities coverage, together with the hiring and firing of ministers to align with the household’s enterprise pursuits. The Guptas deny wrongdoing however left South Africa after Zuma was ousted from the presidency.

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