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South Africa: Jacob Zuma Placed On Medical Parole

5 September 2021

Jacob Zuma, former president of South Africa has been placed on medical parole after the Department of Correctional Services received and considered his medical report. According to South African laws, offenders can be granted medical parole if they are terminally ill or are physically incapacitated. Zuma who was on 8 July this year imprisoned for refusing to testify in the Zondo Commission of Enquiry that is investigating him for corruption he allegedly committed during his time as president was last month in the hospital where he was operated on for an undisclosed ailment. Pindula News presents a statement by the Correctional Services Department on the matter.


The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is able to confirm that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been placed on medical parole.

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Section 75(7)(8) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998, affords the National Commissioner a responsibility to place under correctional supervision or day parole, or grant parole or medical parole to a sentenced offender serving a sentence of incarceration for 24 months or less. The National Commissioner is also in terms of Section 52, empowered to prescribe conditions of parole.

Medical parole's eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services. 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 risk of re-offending of released inmates must also be low and there must be appropriate arrangements for the inmate's supervision, care and treatment within the community to which the inmate is to be released to.

M.ical parole placement for Mr Zurna means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.

Medical Parole can only be revoked if an offender does not comply with the placement conditions.
We want to reiterate that placement on medical parole is an option available to all sentenced offenders provided they meet all the requirements. We appeal to all South Africans to afford Mr Zuma dignity as he continues to receive medical treatment.

Ends. Enquiries, Singabakho Nxumalo on 079 523 5794.

Issued by the Department of Correctional Services.

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