Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has been ordered by the country’s High Court to return to jail after setting aside the decision to release him on medical parole, a court judgement showed on Wednesday.
Jacob Zuma, 79 started his medical parole in September and is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court after he ignored instructions to participate in a corruption inquiry.
The High Court in Pretoria ordered that Zuma, “be returned to the custody of the Department of Correctional Services” to serve out the remainder of his 15-month sentence.
According to NAN, the legal processes against Zuma for alleged corruption during his nine-year reign are widely viewed as a test of post-apartheid South Africa’s ability to enforce rule of law, particularly against powerful, well-connected people.
The jailing of Zuma in July was the catalyst for the worst civil unrest in South Africa since the country’s first non-racial elections in 1994
Zuma handed himself in on July 7 to begin his prison sentence, triggering the worst violence South Africa had seen in years, as angry Zuma supporters took to the streets.
The protests widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid.
More than 300 people were killed and thousands of businesses were pillaged and razed.
The Department of Correctional Services said it was studying the judgement, and in due course, will make further pronouncements.