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Correctional services applies for leave to appeal SCA ruling on Zuma’s medical parole

The Department of Correctional Services says it will appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that former president Jacob Zuma’s release on medical parole was unlawful. On Wednesday, the department said it had studied the judgment and believed a different court could come to a different conclusion.

“DCS [Department of Correctional Services] is considering this course based on the interpretation and application of the Correctional Services Act and other relevant prescripts,” said spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

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He was arrested in July for contempt of the Constitutional Court. The unanimous judgment, penned by Judge Tati Makioka, said Zuma must return to the facility and complete his sentence. The SCA added it was not its mandate to consider whether the time he spent on medical parole should be taken into account in determining the remaining period of his sentence.

It said Fraser’s successor, commissioner Makgothi Thobakgale, should look into this.

“It is a matter to be considered by the commissioner.

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