Jacob Zuma Gets Appeal Relieve To Upturn Imprisonment Ruling

A South African court has granted former president Jacob Zuma leave, to appeal a ruling that he returned to prison after being released in September on medical parole.

He was, however, given permission to spend Christmas at home.

Judge Elias Matojane said: “in my view, this matter merits the Supreme Court of Appeal’s attention.’’

He added that there was a reasonable possibility another court might rule differently on the issue of whether Zuma’s time on medical parole should count toward his sentence. Matojane previously ruled it should not.

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“It means the court order cannot be enforced until the superior court hears the matter and makes a judgment,” Department of Correctional Services spokesperson , Singabakho Nxumalo told Reuters in a Whatsapp message.

The legal processes against Zuma for alleged corruption during his nine-year reign are widely viewed as a test of post-apartheid South Africa’s ability to enforce the rule of law against powerful individuals.

Zuma’s 2009-2018 presidency was marred by allegations of graft and wrongdoing, and he faced a separate corruption trial linked to his sacking as deputy president in 2005, when he was implicated in a 2 billion dollars alleged corrupt arms deal.

He denied wrongdoing in all cases and said he was a victim of politics.



Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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