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Correctional services confirm Zuma’s release on medical parole

By Sihle Mkhize

Former ANC and state president Jacob Zuma has been released on medical parole. The Department of Correctional Services announced on Sunday that Zuma had been found eligible for parole.

In a statement, the department wrote: “Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr. Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services.

“Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole.

“He must comply with [a] specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.”

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The department also stressed that this was not a specific privilege afforded only to Zuma. It said all offenders are eligible owing to proper protocol.

Zuma had served just under two months of his 15-month sentence after he was found guilty of breaching the constitutuion.

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