Jacob Zuma granted leave to appeal parole judgment

South Africa’s top judge Keoagile Matojane, has granted the former president Jacob Zuma and the department of correctional services leave to appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

 

Last week, Zuma’s lawyer Dali Mpofu argued that Matojane’s judgment was “punitive”.

 

He said Zuma was a sickly person with comorbidities who deserved compassion and empathy because of his advanced age. Being on medical parole was still a form of punishment as his freedom of movement was restricted.

 

Zuma was restricted to his homestead in Nkandla under supervision of a parole officer and had to get permission from the department of correctional services if he wanted to leave the magisterial district. Mpofu argued that sentencing must include an element of mercy.

 

Meanwhile, in last week’s judgement Matojane ruled that  the decision to grant Zuma medical parole was unlawful and irrational.

 

He also ruled that the three months Zuma spent in medical parole should be discounted in determining the length of his 15-month sentence.