Hike sentence

Zuma’s 15-month sentence is over, Corrections says

He was released in September after former head of corrections Arthur Fraser controversially granted him medical parole.

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In December, Gauteng High Court Judge Keoagile Elias Matojane ruled against Fraser’s decision and ordered Zuma back to jail.

Zuma challenged the decision, which is now before the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA).

News24 reported this week that Matojane would not comment on his decision after Judicial Services Commission Commissioner Julius Malema asked him if he thought the incarceration of the elderly benefits society.

Matojane was a candidate for the position of judge within the SCA. He didn’t make the cut.

“This case is pending before the Supreme Court of Appeal. I’m out of it. Whether I’m right or wrong, a higher court will review the evidence and then decide. If I’m wrong, they’ll say so. It’s not really for me to answer that question, Mr. Malema, with all due respect,” he said.

Corrections spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said the expiration of Zuma’s sentence also meant the end of administrative processes.

“The placement on medical parole meant that Mr Zuma had to serve the remainder of his sentence as part of Kranskop community corrections. For the most part, Mr. Zuma has complied with the conditions of his medical parole as set out upon his placement,” Nxumalo added.

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Zuma said he had mixed emotions about the end of his sentence.

He felt the same sense of freedom after his release from Robben Island in 1973, but this time he was saddened that the Supreme Court ordered his arrest without trial, he added in a statement.

Zuma said he was grateful that he can now “do whatever I want without restrictions”.

“I am relieved to be free again to walk around and do what I want to do without restrictions and without having to ask permission, the same way I felt in 1973 when I was released from Robben Island.

“Only this time, I am also filled with sadness. It was the first time that the Constitutional Court sentenced a person to a term of imprisonment and without even benefiting from a trial. I did not expect this to happen during the freedom and democracy we fought so hard for,” he added.