Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
10 Sep 2021
6:10 am

Fraser might not have had legal power to approve Zuma’s parole

Bernadette Wicks

In the end, it looks like the courts will have the final say.

National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser (Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais)

Legal opinion is split on whether prisons boss Arthur Fraser had the power to overrule a medical parole advisory board’s recommendations not to place former president Jacob Zuma on parole the way he did. During a SABC interview with Vuyo Mvoko on Wednesday, Fraser admitted that, following the board’s recommendations against medical parole for Zuma who was found to be “stable” – he had “rescinded delegation”. “I took the decision then to place him on medical parole,” he said, adamant he had provided “a host of reasons” and it was “legal and procedural”. But Professor Lukas Muntingh of the University...