Editorials
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10 Sep 2021
7:10 am

Was Zuma’s release just a hatched plan?

Editorials

Ramaphosa will argue that he cannot interfere with the legal decisions of the head of an important government department

Arthur Fraser during the cabinet lekgotla held at the Sefako Makgatho Guesthouse (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

Just when you thought the ANC’s machinations could no longer shock you, along comes correctional services national commissioner Arthur Fraser to tell us that he personally overruled doctors’ recommendations not to grant Jacob Zuma medical parole. Fraser, who is perceived to be close to Zuma and was appointed by the former president to run the State Security Agency (a term still wreathed in controversy), is due to retire soon and this would have been one of his last major acts as prisons boss. Yet, he maintains he acted legally and procedurally in going against a report of the parole board,...