Ex-president Zuma Ordered Back to Prison

FILE — Former South African President Jacob Zuma, sits in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Oct. 26, 2021. A South African court on Wednesday, Dec. 15 has ordered Zuma should go back to prison after withdrawing the medical parole given to him earlier this year. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Former president Jacob Zuma was released from prison in September after serving about two months of his 15-month sentence for defying a Constitutional Court order that he should testify before a state commission investigating allegations of corruption when he was president from 2009 to 2018.

However, a South African court has ordered that the former president should go back to prison after withdrawing the medical parole given to him earlier this year.

On Wednesday the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the medical parole granted to Zuma was illegal as it went against the recommendation of the medical parole board. According to the ruling, the time that Zuma spent outside prison should not be counted as part of the sentence imposed by the court.

Zuma is also facing corruption charges for allegedly receiving bribes during the country’s controversial 1999 purchase of arms from French arms manufacturer Thales.

Zuma’s legal team is expected to appeal the decision but the Jacob Zuma Foundation has not yet spokesman Mzwanele Manyi could not be reached on Wednesday to indicate whether Zuma would appeal the ruling or would hand himself over to resume serving his sentence.

– Ella Breedlove