Zuma’s foundation says his discharge from the hospital will not be announced ‘due to security reasons’

Former president Jacob Zuma’s foundation announced on Wednesday that “due to security reasons” the date of his discharge from hospital will not be made public.

It is reported that Zuma is still receiving medical treatment at a military health facility and has not returned to his residence at Nkandla after he was recently granted medical parole.

Zuma was serving a 15 months jail sentence for being in contempt of the Constitutional Court.

In a brief statement shared on Twitter, the former president’s foundation said: “Due to a frenzy of media enquiries, the foundation wishes to advise that due to security reasons, the discharge of H. E president Zuma from the hospital will not be announced.

“At the right time subject to correctional services conditions, further announcements will be made.”

It has been reported that Zuma’s supporters were planning to hold a welcome home rally following the announcement that he has been granted medical parole.

Meanwhile, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) on Tuesday launched an urgent application seeking to review and set aside the decision by the national Commissioner of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to place Zuma on medical parole.

The HSF asked the court to order Fraser to urgently provide the record and the reasons for his decision.

The HSF said it has written to Fraser asking him to provide it with the reasons which informed his decision but the commissioner did not meet the deadline it had set, 13 September.

The HSF launched its urgent application with the Gauteng North High Court and it also wants the decision to place Zuma on medical parole to be substituted with one refusing his application for medical parole.

The Democratic Alliance has also approached the courts seeking to review Fraser’s decision.

Briefing the media last week, the deputy Secretary general of the African National Congress, Jessie Duarte, urged that Zuma’s health condition should not be politicized.

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