The Department of Correctional Services and former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team have until Wednesday, 1 June, to file papers to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
Respondents have until 1 July to file opposing papers
The papers need to challenge the judgement by the High Court that declared Zuma’s release on medical parole was unlawful and irrational. The Helen Suzman Foundation and other respondents have until 1 July to file their opposing papers to the SCA.
Zuma’s time in court
The Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to 15 months imprisonment for being in contempt of court. This followed the former president breaching the apex court’s order for him to appear before the State Capture Commission after it summoned him.
Zuma was imprisoned at the Escourt Correctional Services Facility. He was expected to serve his 15 months behind bars – but didn’t. Zuma was released on medical parole by former Correctional Services commissioner Arthur Fraser.
This was under two months of Zuma in prison and went against the Medical Parole Advisory Board’s recommendation. Judge Elias Matojane stated that Zuma’s case needed the SCA’s attention.
Pretoria High Court makes a decision about the former president’s medical parole
Matojane said this would bring certainty to the interpretation of the Correctional Services Act. The Pretoria High Court, last year, ordered Zuma to return to prison. It sent aside his medical parole.
The High Court further ruled that Fraser’s medical parole decision was unlawful, reports SABC News.
It stated that it is declared that Zuma’s out of jail time on medical parole should NOT be counted for the fulfilment of his sentence that was brought down by the ConCourt.
Zuma corruption trial could head into 2023 following postponement
Former president Jacob Zuma may be in the hot seat until 2023. At the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KZN, his corruption, money laundering and racketeering case resumed on a holding date. The case is pending an application for reconsideration in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
It was revealed that the office of SCA Judge Mandisa Maya had yet to receive the papers regarding Zuma’s case. Judge Maya is the only person who can handle the unusual application.
Judge Piet Koen was far from impressed after being informed about the above by Prosecutor Billy Downer. Downer told the court that he had checked twice with the registrar of the SCA and that there is still no result. Read the full story here.