Civil society group AriForum has accused former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers and the Department of Correctional Services of misreading and interpreting the Correctional Services Act. This is contained in documents before the High Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
AfriForum, the Democratic Alliance and the Helen Suzman Foundation are challenging the decision by former Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser to release Zuma on medical grounds.
AfriForum argued that Fraser was obliged to follow the Medical Parole Advisory Board’s recommendations not to release Zuma on medical parole.
AfriForum has argued that Zuma does not meet the prescribed criteria to be released on medical grounds.
The organization says that although the law authorizes the commissioner to grant medical parole to a convicted offender serving a sentence of less than two years, there is a procedure that must be followed.
Only the Medical Parole Advisory Board can decide whether an application for medical parole meets the statutory requirements.
AfriForum further argued that the Correctional Services Act does not give the Minister, the Commissioner or the Correctional Oversight and Parole Board overriding authority to circumvent the criteria prescribed for medical parole.
In the video below, Ernst Roets, head of policy and action at AfriForum, insists that the medical parole requirements were not compiled with:
– Report by Kamogelo Seekoei