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.
“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.