Durban Former South African President Jacob Zuma claims he was jailed in July because of the country’s unfair judicial system.
Zuma spoke to his supporters via voice message at a prayer event in Durban on Thursday, where many of his supporters arrived in a packed bus. It was one of his first public comments since he was released from prison on medical parole in September.
“I am a prisoner under strict parole conditions. This is similar to how house arrest and ban orders were realized during the colonial apartheid administration,” Zuma said in a voice message.
79-year-old Zuma was jailed during his presidency from 2009 to 2018 for protesting a court order to testify in a judicial inquiry probing corruption charges. Mr Zuma is involved in fraudulent activity by several witnesses, including the former prime minister.
He refused to appear before the commission despite the orders of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of the state.
Zuma served nearly two months in prison to 15 months at the Estcourt Orthodontic Center before being released on controversial medical parole. Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser approved Zuma’s release, contrary to the parole commission’s recommendation that he should remain in prison as he was in stable condition.
Zuma spent most of his sentence in the prison hospital building and was then transferred to an outpatient hospital, having undergone surgery in August. Zuma’s lawyer did not disclose the reason for the surgery or its status.
Political analyst Zolani Dubey said the Zuma prayer program 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 resist another. They are taking advantage of his (Zuma’s) charisma and personality to fight the internal factions of the ANC.” said.
In another case of receiving bribes from the French arms company Thales during a controversial arms purchase in South Africa in 1999, Zuma is facing corruption charges. Billy Downer, to get away 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 wrongfully imprisoned
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