FILE PHOTO: Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the decision to release former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole.
President Ramaphosa wished Zuma a quick recovery, during his concluding remarks at a meeting of the ruling party ANC’s national executive committee.
“We welcome this. We’ve heard that he is not well and we’d like to wish him quick recovery as he’s restored back to his home to be with his loved ones,” he said.
On Sunday, the Department of Correctional Services announced that the former president would serve the remainder of his 15-month prison sentence at home.
The nature of his illness was not specified, but a statement said he would complete the rest of his sentence in the community under special conditions.
His foundation described the development as an act of humility.
Zuma handed himself in to police in July after being sentenced for failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency.
His jailing sparked violent protests and looting.