South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the ANC welcomes the decision by Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser to release former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole.

The department of correctional services confirmed on Sunday that Zuma would serve the remainder of his 15 month sentence at home given his ill-health.

Addressing the closing of the ANC lekgotla on Monday, Ramaphosa said they have welcomed the decision.

“We have also received and taken note of the decision by correctional services and the national commissioner to release Comrade Jacob Zuma from incarceration on medical parole. We welcome this,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa had previously said Zuma’s incarceration in July was a sad moment.

The Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma for contempt of court after he refused to testify before the state capture commission of inquiry chaired by deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Zuma has only spent two months of his 15-month-jail term in prison.


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