The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has postponed a decision on the parole case against former President Jacob Zuma.
Lawyer Dali Mpofu told the court on Monday that former Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser had granted Zuma parole within the parameters of the law.
Mpofu argued that the High Court had failed to establish that terminal illness was one of the criteria for parole. He said the Correctional Services Act empowered Fraser to protect the rights of prisoners.
Meanwhile, Helen Suzman Foundation senior counsel Max du Plessis said Fraser had failed to explain why he had ignored the Parole Advisory Board’s recommendations that Zuma should not be released.
The SCA judges stressed the need to understand how Fraser assessed the medical reports before releasing Zuma on health grounds.
Zuma and the Department of Correctional Services presented their case to the SCA in Bloemfontein in an attempt to overturn a High Court decision that declared his release on medical grounds illegal.
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