- The Jacob Zuma Foundation has rejected the Pretoria High Court ordering former president Jacob Zuma to return to prison to complete his jail time
- Zuma was previously granted medical parole, but the court discovered that this was illegally given
- The former president has applied for leave to appeal the court's decision and the foundation is hopeful that he will be successful
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JOHANNESBURG - The Jacob Zuma Foundation declared that the Pretoria High Court's decision to order former president Jacob Zuma to return to prison is based on revenge. Zuma had previously been released on medical parole, which the court subsequently discovered was unlawful.
The Foundation added that Zuma has applied to appeal the court's decision with the intention of the court setting aside the decision to release him on medical parole.
Zuma's decision to apply for leave to appeal
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After serving two of the 15 months he was sentenced to, Zuma was granted medical parole by Arthur Fraser, resulting in his release in September.
Fraser's decision was deemed unlawful by the Pretoria High Court in their judgment yesterday, which could see Zuma spending Christmas in prison.
Reactions to Zuma's appeal application
"Is jailing Zuma really worth all this? What is there to gain?"
"All the money he stole from the state, he's spending on legal costs."
"Not with our tax money."
"Let him go to prison while his gangsters appeal. We need him in jail for now!"
"Western Cape will be leading the unrest this time around."
"Just touch Zuma and you will see something....it's Christmas next week."
"A liar through and through."
Carl Niehaus believes Jacob Zuma should not return to prison
Yesterday Briefly News reported that Carl Niehaus, a suspended ANC member and spokesperson for MK Veterans, 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 announced 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.
Niehaus believes that South African supporters of Zuma will revolt in response to the court's decision. Niehaus continued by saying that if the public expresses outrage they will do so in a peaceful and legal manner, unlike the July unrest.
Source: Briefly News