The Jacob Zuma Foundation is now pinning its hopes on the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) as its patron fights tooth and nail to avoid going back to prison.
The High Court in Pretoria granted Zuma leave to appeal an order by Judge Elias Matojane, in which he nullified the ex-president’s medical parole grant and ruled that he serve the remainder of his sentence.
Now in his latest verdict on the matter, Judge Matojane said it warranted the attention of the SCA. He also said that another court might come to an entirely different finding.
Well, Zuma’s foundation was among the first to react to the judgement and maintains that the ruling delivered by Matojane just a week before, was wrong.
ZUMA FOUNDATION: ‘TERMINALLY ILL IS TERMINALLY ILL’
The Jacob Zuma Foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi has further taken swipe at opposing legal counsel in the matter for continuing to scrutinise the patron’s medical condition.
“A person that is terminally ill is terminally ill. You don’t just come back and say, ‘No, but he’s stable’ or ‘No, he is not completely incapacitated.’ What nonsense is that? Terminally ill is terminally ill is the condition that we are dealing with and that’s what the law requires and nothing else. So people mustn’t come here using their privileged positions to add all kinds of things,” Manyi says on eNCA.
“This was an outrageous state of affairs. So we are very confident that going to the Supreme Court of Appeal will just shut this thing down because it is without any basis. It continues to be a flawed judgement. So the Supreme Court of Appeal will just strike it down as a judge that would have grossly misdirected himself”
The Jacob Zuma Foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi
REMINDER: The Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to 15 months behind bars for contempt after he refused to oblige by a ruling by the same court, ordering him to appear before the State Capture Commission. Zuma started serving his time at the Estcourt Correctional Facility in July, but soon had to receive medical attention for an undisclosed ailment. It was then announced in September that Correctional Services Commissioner Fraser had chosen to grant Zuma medical parole, despite a Medical Parole Advisory Board advising against that. The Democratic Alliance (DA) then took the matter to court.