Relevant authorities will deal with Zuma parole if there was any wrongdoing: Gungubele

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says if there is any wrongdoing in the release of former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole, they expect relevant authorities to deal with it.

Zuma, who was serving a 15-month jail term, was released last week.

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser went against the Correctional Services Medical Advisory Board which was against Zuma’s release because it felt his condition was stable.

Gungubele spoke to the media ahead of the three-day Cabinet Lekgotla in Pretoria.

“The issue of the former president, what is important to us is that somebody who had a power to exercise that authority is Mr Fraser, the Head of Correctional Services. What is important to us is that powers to deal with [medical parole] are vested with him.”

“If there any wrongdoings about that we expect the normal [relevant] institutions to deal with that. But what comforts us is that the person whom the powers are vested to deal with that dealt with it. We are comfortable [that] the relevant institution to take that decision is the one that took it,” adds Gungubele.

Minister Gungubele speaks to SABC News:

Fraser stands by his decision

Meanwhile, Fraser said he stands by his decision to release Zuma.

Fraser is adamant that Zuma’s medical parole is both procedurally and legally sound.

He has dismissed allegations that he ignored the recommendations of the medical parole advisory board when he authorised Zuma’s release.

In conversation with Arthur Fraser:

DA approaches court over Zuma parole
Last week Friday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen said the granting of medical parole to Zuma made a mockery of the judicial system.
The party applied to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside a decision to put Zuma on medical parole.
DA seeks review of Zuma’s medical parole:
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