Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma Ordered To Return To Jail After Medical Parole

Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
  • He began medical parole in September, and in the same month the court dismissed his attempt to overturn the sentence

EKO HOT BLOG reports that a South African high court has ordered former president Jacob Zuma to return to jail after setting aside a decision to release him on medical parole.

The 79-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court after he ignored instructions to participate in a corruption inquiry.

He began medical parole in September, and in the same month the court dismissed his attempt to overturn the sentence.

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

Zuma handed himself in on 7 July to begin his prison sentence, triggering the worst violence South Africa had seen in years as his supporters took to the streets.

The protests widened into looting and an outpouring of anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid. More than 300 people were killed and thousands of businesses pillaged and razed.

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