The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has written to Bulelani Magwanishe, the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, to request a meeting during the upcoming recess to discuss former President Jacob Zuma’s medical parole.
“The chairperson should summon Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and outgoing national commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to explain on what basis he overruled the parole board, and granted Zuma medical parole,” said DA Shadow Minister of Correctional Services, James Selfe.
Zuma’s medical parole was not approved by the board, according to Fraser.
Fraser said he has a list of justifications for this act of injustice, and the DA encourages him to share this list to be reviewed by Parliament.
The request for the pair to be summoned to Parliament comes after DA Leader John Steenhuisen filed an application with the court this week to obtain the record of judgment that led to Zuma’s medical parole being granted.
“We have a strong suspicion that Arthur Fraser’s decision to grant Zuma medical parole was procedurally flawed,” said Selfe.
Steinhuisen has requested Parole Board documents, pursuant to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to understand what criteria the Department of Corrections used to evaluate Zuma’s eligibility for medical parole.
“The righteous fury that followed Zuma’s release on medical parole should not be underestimated. After all, South Africa has seen this dance before. Only nine weeks before his arrest at Nkandla, the former president seemed fit as a fiddle while entertaining throngs, “said Selfe.
Zuma’s mysterious medical parole, according to Selfe, is yet another example of the ANC acting above the law while oppressing South Africans with restrictions and regulations at every opportunity.