South African Leader Hails Release for 'Medical Reasons'

Zuma parole angers opposition

By AFP

Sep 07, 2021 05:58 PM

This hand out photo taken and released by DIRCO on Monday shows Cuban Health Specialists arriving at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa to support efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The arrival of the 217 Cuban Health Specialists follows a request made by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Photo: AFP

South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday hailed the placement of his jailed predecessor Jacob Zuma on medical parole as opposition and other groups suspected it was a political move and demanded answers.

Just 60 days into his 15-month jail term for defying an order to answer questions before graft investigators, prison authorities announced Sunday that the 79-year-old politician was placed on medical parole.

Zuma was hospitalized a month into his incarceration, at a facility outside the prison, under the care of military medics. He remains there and his illness remains a closely guarded secret. The decision coincided with a meeting of the ruling African National Congress's National Executive Committee.

"We welcome this," Ramaphosa said in a televised briefing to mark the end of the meeting. "We would like to wish him a quick recovery as he is restored back to his home to be with his loved ones." 

But the granting of parole has angered opposition and civil society groups, which suspect it was a politically inspired move and want answers.

"It's extremely suspicious," John Steenhuisen, leader of the largest opposition Democratic Alliance, told AFP. "This is a political decision, not a medical decision."

He and other opposition figures have vowed to force the prisons to publish details outlining the steps taken to reach the parole decision.

Mmusi Maimane, leader of pressure group One South Africa movement, said the action demonstrated that "if you are politically connected, the inside of the prison is not a place for you." But a prisons official insisted the decision was above board and based on doctors' conclusions. "Mr Zuma does require a great deal of medical attention" and met the criteria for medical parole, the official said, while declining to disclose Zuma's illness.

Lawson Naidoo, head of a civic group, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, said "the timing of the announcement, apart from coming on a Sunday afternoon, does raise questions because... Mr Zuma would have been eligible for parole in a few weeks' time, having served the minimum requirement for a 15-month jail sentence." 

The news came just three days before the resumption Thursday of Zuma's long-running corruption trial over an arms deal dating back more than two decades.

In August, the trial was postponed to September 9, pending a medical report on his fitness to stand trial.

"Given Mr Zuma's elongated Stalingrad strategy in terms of avoiding having to answer charges of fraud and corruption related to the arms deal, it would come as no surprise to anyone if this medical parole is now going to be used... as a pretext to say he is not fit to stand trial," he said.

In a statement, it said "the abuse of political influence to undermine criminal justice processes negates" constitutional values and "sets a dangerous precedent."



No comments

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are happy to receive your opinion and request. If you are need advert or sponsored post, We’re excited you’re considering advertising or sponsoring a post on our blog. Your support is what keeps us going. With the current trend, it’s very obvious content marketing is the way to go. Banner advertising and trying to get customers through Google Adwords may get you customers but it has been proven beyond doubt that Content Marketing has more lasting benefits.
We offer majorly two types of advertising:
1. Sponsored Posts: If you are really interested in publishing a sponsored post or a press release, video content, advertorial or any other kind of sponsored post, then you are at the right place.
WHAT KIND OF SPONSORED POSTS DO WE ACCEPT?
Generally, a sponsored post can be any of the following:
Press release
Advertorial
Video content
Article
Interview
This kind of post is usually written to promote you or your business. However, we do prefer posts that naturally flow with the site’s general content. This means we can also promote artists, songs, cosmetic products and things that you love of all products or services.
DURATION & BONUSES
Every sponsored article will remain live on the site as long as this website exists. The duration is indefinite! Again, we will share your post on our social media channels and our email subscribers too will get to read your article. You’re exposing your article to our: Twitter followers, Facebook fans and other social networks.

We will also try as much as possible to optimize your post for search engines as well.

Submission of Materials : Sponsored post should be well written in English language and all materials must be delivered via electronic medium. All sponsored posts must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail on Microsoft Word unless otherwise noted.
PRICING
The price largely depends on if you’re writing the content or we’re to do that. But if your are writing the content, it is $60 per article.

2. Banner Advertising: We also offer banner advertising in various sizes and of course, our prices are flexible. you may choose to for the weekly rate or simply buy your desired number of impressions.

Technical Details And Pricing
Banner Size 300 X 250 pixels : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Banner Size 728 X 90 pixels: Appears on the top right Corner of the homepage and all pages on the site.
Large rectangle Banner Size (336x280) : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Small square (200x200) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Half page (300x600) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Portrait (300x1050) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Billboard (970x250) : Appears on the home page.

Submission of Materials : Banner ads can be in jpeg, jpg and gif format. All materials must be deliverd via electronic medium. All ads must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail in the ordered pixel dimensions unless otherwise noted.
For advertising offers, send an email with your name,company, website, country and advert or sponsored post you want to appear on our website to omodjk(at)gmail(dot)com

Normally, we should respond within 48 hours.

Sponsored Partner's Advertisement