- President Cyril Ramaphosa is said to have given correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser the go-ahead to release ex-president Jacob Zuma from prison
- Fraser has supposedly had a conversation with the president regarding Msholozi's release and that is when he was allegedly given the green light by Ramaphosa
- Fraser spoke in an interview with a well-known media house recently where he revealed that he had overridden a decision to not release Zuma from jail
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Recent reports have alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Arthur Fraser the go-ahead to release former president Jacob Zuma from prison. Fraser, the National Commissioner of Correctional Services, had supposedly conferred with the president about Zuma's medical parole.
During an interview, Fraser gave in and revealed that he had overruled a decision by the Medical Parole Advisory Board's resolution to not release Msholozi from jail.
Insiders who conversed with City Press revealed that Zuma is said to be quite ill and that three medical evaluations were conducted by three different doctors. The medical professionals stated that the facilities in the correctional service were inadequate and could not cater for the problems being faced by Zuma.
One of the sources stated that Fraser was not keen on Zuma passing away in prison as there are fears that his death may rekindle the civil unrests that plagued Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal mid-year and took over 300 lives, according to The Citizen.
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South Africans have had various responses to the news, read some of them below:
"The problem is not Jacob Zuma the problem is the whole organisation the ANC."
"SBWL Jacob Zuma going back to jail and serve the remainder of his sentence."
"So the issue of Arthur Fraser has seriously died down after it emerged from City Press that Cyril was part of the decision to release JZ? This country is a Crime Scene!!!"
Nkandla residents eagerly awaiting the return of Jacob Zuma following release
Previously, Briefly News reported that followers of Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, are expected to host a welcoming celebration at his home in Nkandla after his release from prison due to medical parole.
Talks around the upcoming celebration arise as the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation hold steadfast on the notion that Zuma’s release on medical parole needs to be Constitutionally sound as to not give the impression that the former president has received any form of special treatment.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has decided to appeal the matter of Zuma's medical release by approaching the court with a request for a review on the decision around Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser's permitting of Zuma's parole.
As it stands it is currently unclear when Zuma will be arriving at his home in Nkandla, according to IOL. Following reports by SundayWorld, the quiet village of Nkandla has since received an influx of visitors as news of Zuma's release spreads.
Jessie Duarte Weighs in on Zuma's medical parole, different situation to Schabir Shaik
Previously, Briefly News reported that Jessie Duarte, the ANC's deputy secretary-general does not believe that we can liken Schabir Shaik's release on medical parole to former president Jacob Zuma's release.
Shaik, who was once Zuma's financial advisor received medical parole in March 2009 because he was said to have been terminally ill. However, the once 'close to death' prisoner was photographed out and about looking healthy and enjoying outings and playing golf, according to The South African.
Zuma's recent release has been under scrutiny by various people in South Africa, with some unable to look past Shaik's scandal. This is not the case for Duarte and the ANC.
Speaking at a press conference, Duarte put aside the assertions that Zuma would follow in the shoes of his former advisor. In fact, she stated that we cannot make the assumption that Zuma is not as sick as he is said to be, according to The Citizen.