The Democratic Alliance, the South African main opposition party, has voiced concerns over the medical parole that was granted to the country’s former President Jacob Zuma, which they say need to be reviewed to ensure that it is on medical grounds as had been announced and not a motive to get the former president out from prison.
The party announced on Thursday that they would be applying to the country’s High Court to urgently review the medical parole citing that the place of any criminal is within the prison cell as no one is supposed to be above the law.
Former President Jacob Zuma was released two weeks ago after his legal team launched an application calling for the court to order the release of Zuma on medical parole so he can focus on his health.
According to Zuma’s defense team, presently, the health conditions of the former leader do not permit him to stay in prison.
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt as he refused to collaborate with investigators working on his case and accused them of having double interests.
The sentence was appealed at the country’s High Court, but the court dismissed the appeal, explaining that the Constitutional Court is bigger in legality than the High Court and thus can’t review the judgment.
Zuma has barely spent two months of the 15 months sentence, and his trial at the Constitutional Court of corruption and money laundering was adjourned in August.
Mmusi Maimane, an opposition leader in South Africa, has blasted the decision to release Zuma on medical parole, pointing out that those responsible for crimes should be in jail.