A PAROLE AFTER FOUR MONTHS of Jacob Zuma’s 15 months prison sentence, could see him out of detention, according to South Africa Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola. He said on Thursday, that Zuma will be eligible for parole after about four months. In line with COVID-19 protocols, Zuma will be held in isolation for 14 days.
Zuma is been held at Estcourt Correctional Centre, said to be about 175 kilometers [110 miles] away from his rural home base, in Nkandla, eastern South Africa. He has continued to insist that the legal process against him was politically motivated; and also, denied that there was widespread corruption in his government.
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months prison term for contempt last week, and by Wednesday night, presented himself to the police to commence the prison term. He was found guilty for contempt, after defying court order to present himself at an inquiry into corruption charges against him while in office as president from 2009 to 2018.
South Africa Justice Minister said: “This is not a moment of celebration or triumphalism; it is a moment of restraint and to be human.” He said Zuma will be treated like any other inmate.