The civil rights organisation AfriForum today served its urgent court application against six respondents in the case regarding the release of Jacob Zuma on medical parole.
These respondents are the National Commissioner of Correctional Services, the Medical Parole Board, Zuma himself, the Secretary-General of the Judicial Inquiry into allegations of state capture and fraud in the public sector, including organs of state, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and the President of the Republic of South Africa.
Ernst Roets, Head of Policy and Action at AfriForum, says that this is a matter of national importance and that it is a shame if people are treated favourably on the basis of their political prestige.
“We regard this application as urgent because this is a clear case of abuse of power by the government based on a person’s political position. It is also clear to us that the applicable legal provisions to release someone on medical parole have not been complied with, which is why we ask in our application that the decision to release Zuma on medical parole be reversed,” Roets concludes.