- Carl Niehaus has expressed his belief that the court's decision that Jacob Zuma must return to prison is an injustice
- Niehaus said that all South Africans should voice their rejection of the court order, but he urged them to do this in a peaceful and legal manner
- The suspended African National Congress (ANC) member said that he is worried that there may be civil unrest due to the court's decision
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PRETORIA - Carl Niehaus, a suspended ANC member and MK Veterans spokesperson, said that the Pretoria High Court's decision that former president Jacob Zuma must return to prison should be rejected by all South Africans.
The court declared that Zuma's medical parole is illegal and ordered him to return to jail. Zuma's sentence is 15 years.
Niehaus said that the court's order is “injustice at its best” as he believes Zuma was not granted a fair trial, SABC News reports.
Niehaus' opinion on Zuma's return to prison
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“It’s clear to me now that our courts are fully captured. It’s evident that president Zuma continues to suffer gross injustice at the hands of an unjust system," Niehaus said.
Niehaus continued by saying that if the public expresses outrage they will do so in a peaceful and legal manner, unlike the July unrest.
Reactions to Niehaus' statement
"We will go to the malls and oppose this abuse of power."
"I think I must wait to do my Christmas shopping. Santa might have a plan for me."
This is Zuma's battle. Though it is unfair on him but it is his. He was released. It is the state that allowed Arthur to compromise.
"Unfortunately many people only agree with our justice system when it gives them a result that they want."
Saffas raise concerns about looting now that Zuma has to return to prison
The decision comes after civil society groups headed to court to challenge the legality of Zuma's parole that was granted by the former National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser released Msholozi from prison in September.
The court found that Zuma's medical parole was indeed unlawful and as result, the former president has to be returned into the custody of the department of correctional service to finish his 15-month prison sentence.
Source: Briefly News