Mr Zuma, 79, was forced to resign in 2018 after being rejected by the ANC, threatened by a vote of no confidence in parliament and abandoned by millions of voters. He was taken into custody on July 7 after South Africa’s highest court found him in contempt for refusing to appear before a commission investigating allegations of widespread corruption during his nine years to the presidency.
John Steenhuisen, leader of the Democratic Alliance, the South African opposition party, said in a statement on Sunday that Mr Zuma’s medical parole was “totally illegal” and a “mockery” of the correctional law from the country.
“Jacob Zuma has publicly refused to be examined by an independent medical professional, let alone a medical advisory board,” Steenhuisen said, adding that such an evaluation was required by law for a prisoner to be can obtain medical parole.
The One South Africa movement, which focuses on political solutions to South Africa’s development challenges, said in a press release on Twitter that the government’s decision was questionable and lacked transparency.
Under South African Prison Law, medically release prisoners include terminally ill prisoners serving a sentence of 24 months or less; those who are physically incapable; and prisoners suffering from an illness which severely limits their daily activity or their ability to care for themselves. The risk of recurrence should also be low.