Jacob Zuma Foundation mum on former president's release date

Jacob Zuma Foundation mum on former president's release date

The Jacob Zuma Foundation says it will not say when the former president will be released from hospital amid much speculation. 

Jacob Zuma Court - AFP

Zuma remains in a military hospital after his health apparently deteriorated last month, just a few weeks after he began serving a 15-month jail term at Estcourt prison for contempt of court. 

He'd initially gone in for a routine check-up but his medical team later submitted documents to the State pointing to his ill-health.

Earlier this month, Zuma was granted medical parole.

"Due to security considerations, we will not be divulging the date of discharge from the hospital of his excellency president Zuma," says the foundation's spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi.

"Its security precautions and this is what has been decided will be done. We also need to fully get into the grips to the restrictions that Correctional Service places. 

"Throngs and throngs of people might not be allowed in terms of the various restrictions. At this point, we don't have final details of what those will look like."  

Meanwhile several groups including the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Helen Suzman Foundation and AfriForum have approached the courts to have the decision to give him medical parole set aside, saying it was unlawful.

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser last week said he decided to grant the parole, despite Zuma's application having been rejected by the Medical Parole Advisory Board on the basis he was in a stable condition in hospital.


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