Carl Niehaus Believes Jacob Zuma Should Not Return to Prison, Medical Parole Bid Fails

Carl Niehaus Believes Jacob Zuma Should Not Return to Prison, Medical Parole Bid Fails

  • 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.

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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.

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Carl Niehaus rejects the court's decision to return Jacob Zuma to prison. Image: Mlungisi Louw/Volksblad/Gallo Images via Getty Images and MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images
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Niehaus' opinion on Zuma's return to prison

According to The Witness, Niehaus believes that South African supporters of Zuma will revolt in response to the court's decision.

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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

ShiyabedlaHadeb said:

"We will go to the malls and oppose this abuse of power."

@Sydney23003777 shared:

"I think I must wait to do my Christmas shopping. Santa might have a plan for me."

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@KeMariri believes:

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.

@JoanDarcySA said:

"Unfortunately many people only agree with our justice system when it gives them a result that they want."

@Arinafyfy2 said:

Saffas raise concerns about looting now that Zuma has to return to prison

Earlier Briefly News reported that former president Jacob Zuma will be heading back to jail after the High Court in Pretoria ruled to set aside his medical parole on Tuesday, 15 December.

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

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