Jacob Zuma Foundation Believes Sending Former President Back to Prison Is Vindictive

Jacob Zuma Foundation Believes Sending Former President Back to Prison Is Vindictive

  • 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.

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Yesterday (15 December) the Pretoria High Court ordered Zuma to complete his 15-month prison sentence, eNCA reports.

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The Jacob Zuma Foundation confirmed that the former president has applied for leave to appeal. Image: MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images
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Zuma's decision to apply for leave to appeal

According to EWN, Mzwanele Manyi, a Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson, has expressed that he believes the court's decision was incorrect. He referred to the court order as "cruel and vindictive."

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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

@MasokaSiyabonga asked:

"Is jailing Zuma really worth all this? What is there to gain?"

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@malape_nkosana said:

"All the money he stole from the state, he's spending on legal costs."

@Ray31383278 shared:

"Not with our tax money."

@coolkat_1 believes:

"Let him go to prison while his gangsters appeal. We need him in jail for now!"

@epidiologist remarked:

"Western Cape will be leading the unrest this time around."

@Mmangalisodang1 shared:

"Just touch Zuma and you will see something....it's Christmas next week."

@Justwat27715974 believes:

"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

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