Jacob Zuma Released After 15 Months Prison Term Ends
The Department of Correctional Services on Friday said former president Jacob Zuma has served his 15-month sentence.
The department added these concluded administrative processes related to Zuma’s sentencing.
Zuma said he felt mixed emotions but expressed gratitude he was free to “do whatever I want without restrictions”.
The Department of Correctional Services says former president Jacob Zuma’s 15-month sentence expired on Friday.
Zuma only served two months of his sentence.
He was released in September after former correctional services head Arthur Fraser controversially granted him medical parole.
In December, the Gauteng High Court judge Keoagile Elias Matojane ruled against Fraser’s decision and ordered Zuma to return to prison.
News24 reported this week Matojane would not comment on his ruling after Judicial Service Commission commissioner Julius Malema asked if he thought incarcerating elderly people benefitted society.
“That matter is pending before the Supreme Court of Appeal. I am out of it. Whether I am right or wrong, a higher court is going to relook at the evidence, and then they will decide. If I am wrong, they will say so. It is not really for me to answer that question, Mr Malema with due respect,” he said.
“Medical parole placement meant that Mr Zuma was to serve the remainder of his sentence under Kranskop Community Corrections. Essentially, Mr Zuma complied with his conditions for medical parole as set out during his placement,” added Nxumalo.
Zuma said he was grateful he could now “do whatever I want without restrictions”.
“I am relieved to be free again to walk around and do whatever I want to do without restrictions and having to seek permission, in the same manner that 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 ever that the Constitutional Court sentenced any person to a term of imprisonment and without even the benefit of a trial. I never expected this to happen during the freedom and democracy we fought so hard to attain,” he added. Continue reading