By: Natasha Archary
The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole. Zuma served just 2-months of his 15-month jail term at the Escourt correctional facility.
Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on 14 August due to him being ill with a life-threatening condition.
In a statement released on Sunday, the DCS said, “Medical parole eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the DCS. 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.”
“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,” the statement continued.
A few weeks after Zuma’s surgical procedure, the Jacob Zuma Foundation requested public donations to help pay for his legal fees.
The former president is serving a 15-month prison term for contempt of court after he refused to testify before the state capture commission of inquiry at the Constitutional Court.