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Zuma once again targeted by Judicial overreach, JZ Foundation says

Ex-President Jacob Zuma has lambasted judges alleging there are changing the law based on who appears before them, saying it is totally unacceptable.

Zuma’s outburst follows the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to affirm the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that his release from prison on parole was unlawful and unconstitutional.

Zuma was ordered to return to prison for the remainder of his 15-month sentence.

Zuma was once again targeted by judicial overreach, according to the JZ Foundation.

“To impose further imprisonment after the expiration of a prison term is completely unheard of and it is indeed a textbook case of judicial overreach,” the Foundation added.

In light of this total injustice and outrage, the Foundation said Zuma had asked his legal team to prepare an opinion on the legal options available to him.

“This is despite Zuma’s official sentence, which expired on October 7, 2022, almost 2 months ago. The former president considers this to be an act of injustice. It is nothing more than a cruel and degrading punishment.”

In June 2021, Zuma was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for failing to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry. The Commission investigated corruption during his tenure as President of the country.

On July 8, 2021, Arthur Fraser, the then Commissioner of the Corrections Department, granted the former president medical parole after he had served only two months of his term.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), Helen Suzman Foundation, and AfriForum – all filed separate applications in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria challenging Fraser’s decision on various grounds.

The DA applied to the Gauteng high court to review and set aside Fraser’s decision to place Zuma on medical parole, which they said was the first to be filed and should be given priority

AfriForum argued that the medical parole advisory board is authorized to recommend whether medical parole should be granted or not.

The Helen Suzman Foundation argued that the time Zuma was out of jail should not be considered for fulfilling the sentence of 15 months he received from the constitutional court.

The high court consolidated these applications and heard them together and set aside Zuma’s release on parole, prompting the former President to approach the SCA.

Ex-President Jacob Zuma has lambasted judges alleging there are changing the law based on who appears before them, saying it is totally unacceptable.

Zuma’s outburst follows the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to affirm the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that his release from prison on parole was unlawful. Zuma was ordered to return to prison for the remainder of his 15-month sentence.

In its ruling, the SCA upheld the decision of the North Gauteng High Court that Zuma’s recent release on parole was unlawful and unconstitutional.

JZ Foundation said in a statement that judicial overreach once again targeted Zuma as an individual.

“To impose further imprisonment after the expiration of a prison term is completely unheard of and it is indeed a textbook case of judicial overreach,” the Foundation added.

In light of this total injustice and outrage, the Foundation said Zuma had asked his legal team to prepare an opinion on the legal options available to him.

This is despite Zuma’s official sentence, which expired on October 7, 2022, almost 2 months ago. The former president considers this to be an act of injustice. It is nothing more than a cruel and degrading punishment.”

In June 2021, Zuma was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for failing to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry. The Commission investigated corruption during his tenure as President of the country.

On July 8, 2021, Arthur Fraser, the then Department of Corretional Services Commissioner, granted the former president medical parole after he had served two months of his term.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), Helen Suzman Foundation, and AfriForum all filed separate applications in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria challenging Fraser’s decision on various grounds.

The DA applied to the Gauteng high court to review and set aside Fraser’s decision to place Zuma on medical parole, which they said was the first to be filed and should be given priority

AfriForum argued that the medical parole advisory board is authorized to recommend whether medical parole should be granted or not.

The Helen Suzman Foundation argued that the time Zuma was out of jail should not be considered for fulfilling the sentence of 15 months he received from the constitutional court.

The high court consolidated these applications and heard them together and set aside Zuma’s release on parole, prompting the former President to approach the SCA which dismissed his application.

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