- The Economic Freedom Fighters do not believe that Jacob Zuma's court-mandated return to prison serves any purpose
- The party have referred to the Pretoria High Court's decision as "political revenge", which will punish rather than rehabilitate
- The Jacob Zuma Foundation has urged South Africans to stop harassing them over the telephone
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PRETORIA - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has expressed their view that former president Jacob Zuma's return to prison serves no purpose besides "political revenge."
Vuyani Pambo, a spokesperson for the party, said that they do not think that Zuma poses a threat to society nor does he require rehabilitation.
"It’s the malicious use of the law. The point is that he must be corrected and in this case, it looks like there is a clear mandate to punish as opposed to correct," Pambo said.
AfriForum and the Democratic Alliance welcome the court's decision to send Jacob Zuma back to prison
Reasons for Zuma's return to prison and response from his Foundation
According to SABC News, the Pretoria High Court found that a previous court decision, overseen by Arthur Fraser, to allow Zuma out on medical parole was unlawful. Therefore, the former president has to return to prison.
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Following this ruling, the Jacob Zuma Foundation was inundated with telephone calls from South Africans who want to voice their opinions on the matter.
Mzwanele Manyi, a spokesperson for the foundation, said that people must stop harassing the foundation and blocking their telephone lines, The Witness reports.
South Africa reacts to the EFF's statement
"The purpose it will serve is to remind people that nobody is above the law."
"The main agenda everyday is our land. The continuation of shifting focus to JZ is no longer serving any purpose."
"Looting is loading. We're hungry."
"Question, how is this helping the country move forward? ANC is playing itself, it can only be an own goal."
"This judgement is making life difficult for retailers."
AfriForum and the DA welcome the court's decision to send Zuma back to prison
AfriForum called on Msholozi to accept the judgment and follow the rule of law on the matter. Ernst Roets, the Head of Policy and Action at AfriForum said the organisation was very concerned about the double standards South African courts have been displaying when it comes to senior politicians.
Roets explained that the treatment of the courts of certain politicians is the main reason the organisation got involved in Zuma's medical parole matter. He added that the civil society group is pleased with the outcome of the judgment.
Source: Briefly News