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Jacob Zuma.
Jacob Zuma.
Darren Stewart

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has condemned former prisons boss Arthur Fraser’s decision to release Jacob Zuma on medical parole as an unconstitutional and unlawful mess – which it expects his successor to clean up.

The SCA’s unanimous judgment, which was written by Judge Tati Makgoka, makes it clear that the invalidation of Fraser’s decision to grant Zuma medical parole means that he “has not finished serving his sentence” for contempt of the Constitutional Court.

“He must return to the Estcourt Correctional Centre to do so. Whether the time spent by Mr Zuma on unlawfully granted medical parole should be taken into account in determining the remaining period of his incarceration, is not a matter for this court to decide,” the SCA said.

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