By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi confirmed that they are not going to allow Zuma’s medical records to be made public.
“We are not going to allow a situation where medical records of Jacob Zuma are made public. If you don’t trust the doctors that are in the system, then it is your problem,” said Manyi.
This is after the Department of Correctional Services confirmson Sunday that they have placed former president Jacob Zumaon medical parole.
“Medical parole placement for Mr Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires,”
Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department ofCorrectionalServices. Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering froman illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole,” it states.
His release comes just under two months after he was arrested for 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
Zuma would have been eligible for parole on 23 October; however, he was placed on medical parole based on a report from the South African military health services. Manyi has also indicated that Zuma didn’t apply for medical parole, but ‘it is the system that generated it because of the situation that the system was facing.’
Meanwhile, the Department of Correctional Services confirmedhis medical parole could only be revoked if he did not comply with its conditions.
Manyi welcomed the decision of the Parole Board that Zumashould serve the rest of his sentence outside prison.
“He is still in hospital right now. A more detailed statement will be issued in due course after consultation with the legal team of President Zuma,” said Manyi.
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