Karyn Maughan | Why Zuma's 'secret' health records aren't needed to overturn his medical parole

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Former president Jacob Zuma laying a criminal charge against state prosecutor advocate Billy Downer at Pietermaritzburg police station.
Former president Jacob Zuma laying a criminal charge against state prosecutor advocate Billy Downer at Pietermaritzburg police station.
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Jacob Zuma clearly believed that withholding his health records from the parties challenging his release on medical parole would devastate their court action. But, as Karyn Maughan writes, he was very, very wrong.

Former president Jacob Zuma is adamant that the organisations challenging his release on medical parole won't be able to do so successfully – because he has refused to consent to the confidential release of his health records.

"Without my medical records, it is impossible for the [Democratic Alliance] and its allies in this litigation to contend that the Commissioner [Arthur Fraser] acted unlawfully," Zuma states in court papers.

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