Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has filed court papers to have former president Jacob Zuma sent back to prison.
Steenhuisen announced yesterday that he had applied to the High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser’s decision to grant Zuma medical parole.
“I believe the decision is unlawful for at least two reasons,” he said. “First, it was taken against the recommendation of the Medical Parole Advisory Board not to grant medical parole to Mr Zuma.
“Second, it was taken for an ulterior purpose not permitted by section 79 of the Correctional Services Act and Regulations [which govern the granting of medical parole], and not rationally connected to the purpose of medical parole or the information before the commissioner.”
On Wednesday, Fraser conceded he used his position to overrule the parole board’s recommendation to keep Zuma in prison.
Speaking to Vuyo Mvoko on SABC’s The Watchdog, Fraser said he gave his reasons in writing, and the documentation could be available to anyone, including parliament.
Steenhuisen said Fraser’s parole decision “harms the court in exactly the same way that Zuma’s contempt of court did”.
He added: “It again makes a mockery of the judicial process, sending the message to every South African that, as long as you are powerful and politically connected, you need not fear punishment for breaking the law.
“If you are sent to prison for your crimes, you will be let out well before the end of your sentence on medical parole.”
He did not spare President Cyril Ramaphosa for welcoming Zuma’s release, saying he was continuing to serve the interests of the ANC, ahead of those of SA.
“It is a terrible indictment on
Ramaphosa that he not only failed to speak out against this egregious decision, but that he openly welcomed it.”
Steenhuisen said this was Ramaphosa’s desperate attempt to “placate the Zuma faction ahead of the election”.
He said these were results of cadre deployment. “Ramaphosa transferred Fraser from his position as director-general of the State Security Agency to the post of national commissioner of correctional services in 2018, knowing full well the many crimes Fraser stood accused of, including the parallel intelligence network he set up to serve Zuma’s personal interests,” he said.
– The Citizen