Durban – Former South African President Jacob Zuma claims he was sent to jail in July due to the country’s unfair judicial system.
Zuma spoke to his supporters through a voice message at a prayer event in Durban on Thursday, where many of his supporters arrived on a packed bus. It was one of his first public comments since he was released from prison in medical parole in September.
“I remain a prisoner under strict parole conditions. It feels like how house arrest and ban orders were felt during the colonial apartheid administration,” Zuma said in a voice message.
Zuma, 79, was imprisoned during his presidency from 2009 to 2018 for opposition to a court order testifying in a judicial inquiry investigating allegations of corruption. Mr. Zuma is involved in fraudulent activity by several witnesses, including the former Prime Minister.
He refused to appear before the Commission, despite orders from the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of the State.
Zuma served nearly two months in prison for 15 months at the Estcourt Orthodontic Center before being released on the controversial medical parole. Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser approved Zuma’s release, contrary to the Parole Commission’s recommendation that he should stay in prison because he was in a stable condition.
Zuma spent most of his sentence in the prison hospital building and was then transferred to an outside hospital that had surgery in August. Zuma’s lawyer has not disclosed the reason for the surgery or his condition.
Political analyst Xolani Dube said the Zuma prayer event soon showed the degree of political division within the ruling African National Congress party, which challenges local government elections.
“It’s just a sign of one faction’s ability to oppose the other. They’re taking advantage of his (Zuma’s) charisma and personality to fight the battle of ANC’s internal factions.” Said.
Zuma remains accused of corruption in another case accused of receiving a bribe from French arms company Thales during a controversial arms purchase in South Africa in 1999. Billy Downer, to withdraw from the problem. In that case, Zuma will appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court next week.
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Former South African President says he was unfairly imprisoned
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