'I feared unrest' - Arthur Fraser tells court why he released Jacob Zuma on medical parole

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Former prisons boss Arthur Fraser says his decision to release Jacob Zuma on medical parole was driven by fears of unrest if the former president's health was "recklessly" put at risk, and not by his "perceived relationship" to Zuma.

"Yes, I served under his presidency, but that is not a reason to not follow the law when dealing with the application of any other matter relating to his incarceration," Fraser - who controversially served as the director-general of the State Security Agency during Zuma's presidency - stated in an affidavit filed at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"I also submit that [Zuma's] political standing had nothing to do with his placement on medical parole," he said, in response to a legal challenge to the lawfulness of Zuma's release on medical parole bought by the DA.

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