Zuma still has legal wiggle room in jail case: Expert

Former corrections boss Arthur Fraser signed Zuma’s medical parole less than two months after Zuma began serving a 15-month prison term at Estcourt Prison in KZN.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma stands in the dock during the adjournment of his corruption trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 26, 2021. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP

JOHANNESBURG — Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says former President Jacob Zuma still has legal recourse to try to avoid jail time.

Zuma’s petition to the Supreme Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s decision on his medical parole failed on Monday.

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Instead, the SCA upheld a Pretoria High Court ruling that Zuma’s medical parole was unlawful and unconstitutional.

Former corrections boss Arthur Fraser signed Zuma’s medical parole less than two months after Zuma began serving a 15-month prison sentence at Estcourt Prison in KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma was found in contempt of court after refusing to testify before the State Capture Inquiry.

De Vos says Zuma can still appeal the SCA decision.

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“Yes, this is the last chance for him to try not to go to jail, but of course once he’s served a quarter of his sentence he can try to get parole like no other. any other prisoner. It’s not a right. It’s a privilege.”

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