Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:59

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The JG Zuma Foundation on Tuesday said former President Jacob Zuma will be meeting with his legal team "to discuss a wide range of issues."

The foundation said it will provide further updates in due course, adding that his team "lives in the hope the Recision Application will be successful and reaffirm" Zuma’s rights.

"Equality before the law should mean [former] President Zuma’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution cannot be waived. In the meantime, we welcome the medical parole".

This follows after Zuma was granted medical parole on Sunday,just 61 days after being incarcerated at at the Estcourt Correctional Services facility in KwaZulu-Natal.

Spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the former president was granted parole in terms of Section 75(7)(a) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.

Nxumalo said the eligibility of parole was impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services, stating Zuma was physically incapacitated.

"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". 

Nxumalo also said it has been billed R398 271 for recently paroled Jacob Zuma's medical care at a private hospital – and may foot those costs because of Zuma's status as a former president.

Normally, inmates are hospitalised in state hospitals – unless, under very specific conditions, they are able to pay for private hospitalisation.

Nxumalo said that, while the department had been billed for Zuma's medical treatment because "he is in our care", it was still deciding whether or not to pay these costs.

"It is being discussed, taking into consideration the privileges of Mr Zuma as the former president," he said.

The department last month confirmed that  Zuma "underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday, 14 August 2021, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days".

Zuma had served 61 days of a 15-month sentence for contempt of the Constitutional Court.

Meanwhile the DA is challenging the medical parole granted to convicted Zuma.

DA leader John Steenhuisen has threatened to submit an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) for the records of the parole board that granted Zuma parole.