South Africa’s ruling party welcomes Zuma’s medical parole

On a two-day state visit in France, former South African President Jacob Zuma makes a statement next to the French President Francois Hollande during a joint press conference at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 11, 2016 in Paris, France. /Chesnot/Getty Images

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country’s ruling party, African National Congress, ANC, has welcomed former President Jacob Zuma’s medical parole.

In his closing address at the ANC Virtual National Executive Committee Lekgotla, Ramaphosa said, “we’ve received and taken note of the decision by the Correctional Services National Commissioner to release Comrade Jacob Zuma, from incarceration on medical parole, we welcome this, we’ve heard that he’s not well, and we would like to wish him quick recovery, as he’s restored back to his home to be with his loved ones.”

South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services on Sunday announced that Zuma had been placed on medical parole.

“Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr. Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services. Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole.” The Department said in a statement.

Zuma will therefore complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections.

The former president has been serving a 15-month prison sentence since July at Estcourt Correctional Centre for contempt of court.