Zuma is now more powerful than when he went to prison a year ago

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President Jacob Zuma Photo: Felix Dlangamandla
President Jacob Zuma Photo: Felix Dlangamandla


On this day a year ago, former president Jacob Zuma handed himself over to the prisons authorities at night after being sentenced to a jail term by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court.

The move to confine him to the Estcourt Correctional in facility KwaZulu-Natal culminated in some of the ugliest scenes of looting and destruction of property witnessed by South Africa since the dawn of democracy. However, Zuma went on the serve a mere two months of a 15-month sentence after then correctional services director general Arthur Fraser overruled the department’s medical parole board and granted him parole, arguing that he was terminally ill.

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