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Zuma medical parole: Helen Suzman Foundation launch new appeal

The Foundation’s application seeks to compel Correctional Services head Arthur Fraser to explain his decision to grant Zuma medical parole.

medical parole Jacob Zuma

Photo by Gallo Images / Die Burger / Lulama Zenzile

The decision by National Commissioner of the Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to green-light the decision to grant former President Jacob Zuma medical parole just two months into his 15-month jail sentence has once again been challenged, with the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) applying to the Constitutional Court in a bid to declare Msholozi’s premature release unlawful.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) lodged a similar application last week seeking to get to the bottom of Fraser’s controversial decision, which Fraser insisted was above board and based entirely on Zuma’s precarious medical condition. 

Helen Suzman Foundation file ConCourt application  

The HSF wrote to Fraser to request the “record of and the reasons for his decision to place Mr. Zuma, the former President of the Republic, on medical parole”. With Fraser having failed to respond to the HSF’s request by their 13 September deadline, they have now taken further action.

“The HSF has accordingly launched an urgent application before the Gauteng North High Court seeking the record of and the reasons for the National Commissioner’s decision to place Mr. Zuma on medical parole,” the HFS said in a statement on Tuesday 14 September. 

“This is to facilitate the relief sought in Part B of the HSF’s application – the review and setting aside of the National Commissioner’s decision as well as an order substituting the decision with a decision refusing Mr. Zuma’s application for medical parole.”

Fraser’s decision to grant Zuma medical parole questioned 

The HSF application seeks the Constitutional Court to obligate Fraser to comprehensively outline the reasons for his decision, with the ultimate purpose of the application rooted in overturning the department’s affording of medical parole for Zuma. 

Fraser confirmed to the SABC last week that he gave the green-light for the former president’s release.

“We then received further reports, medical reports, that indicated that he required specialised treatment and it was only around the third report that we received, where his medical team – the medical team, in conjunction with our team – indicated that he can no longer be kept in our facility because the type of med care required we are not able to provide,” he said.