The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed a decision of the Constitutional Court dismissing an application by former president, Jacob Zuma, for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgement, confirming that a decision by former National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to place him on medical parole was unlawful and set aside.
“This judgement now confirms that Mr Zuma belongs in jail, and that his vexatious litigation was a last desperate attempt to evade justice,” the DA said.
The DA further announced that its lawyers are currently drafting a letter which will be submitted to Zuma, “calling for him to voluntarily surrender himself to arrest within a reasonable timeframe.”
“Should Mr Zuma fail to adhere to this request, we will write to the National Commissioner for Correctional Services, Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale calling for him to arrest Mr Zuma, and return him to Estcourt Correctional Centre,” the DA stated.
This judgement, according to the DA, sends a very strong message to ANC cadres “that no amount of violence and unrest will deter South Africa’s institutions and authorities from upholding the principle of constitutionalism and the rule of law.”
Aside from Thursday’s Constitutional Court judgement, the party also maintained that it would continue to pursue a litany of charges which still remain against Zuma.