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South African court rules out medical parole, orders Jacob Zuma back to jail

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria – South African has ruled that, former President Jacob Zuma be taken back to jail. According to the presiding judge, the medical parole which was granted to the President was “unlawful.”

“It is declared that the time [Zuma] was out of jail on medical parole should not be counted for the fulfilment of [Zuma’s] sentence of 15 months imposed by the Constitutional Court,” the court ruling added on Wednesday morning.

Reacting to the ruling, Nkosentsha Shezi Zuma’s close ally said “I cannot predict what will happen, but I can promise you that I, together with my comrades, will defend Zuma. And even the last time, it was his choice to go to prison and bypass us. I hope he will not do that because we will forever be ready, even if it means dying in defence of our ideals, we will do so.”

Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to honor invitations from an enquiry commission which was supposed to probe him for allegations of State Capture and corruption during his tenure. The commission argued at the constitutional court that, “there are strong reasons why Mr Zuma should be imprisoned and he should be fined or received a suspended sentence.”

Following the court’s ruling at the time and warning from the police to arrest him if he fails, the former president turned himself in and he was jailed. His arrest attracted protest from his supporters who trooped to the streets to demand his release. In series of viral videos on social media, the protestors were seen in their numbers shouting the name of the 79-year-old.

He was later granted bail on September 5th on medical grounds; a position which the court has now annulled. The President will be taken back to jail in the coming days as experts warn of another violent protest by his supporters.

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