The DA is of the impression that Jacob Zuma is receiving special treatment, following a decision to grant his release for compassionate leave to attend his brother’s funeral.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Correctional Services, James Selfe, on Thursday, 22 July 2021, questioned whether Jacob Zuma is receiving special treatment. This comes as the National Commissioner of Correctional Services has reportedly made the decision to release Zuma, on compassionate grounds to attend his brother’s funeral. Selfe stated that this is the policy of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in respect to low-risk offenders, but claimed that it was the wrong decision in Zuma’s case.
Selfe and the DA believe that with the volatile situation in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the release of Zuma would be anything but low risk, as there is a possibility of the funeral and the former president’s presence causing more unrest. The DA stated that there would be a need for a high security force presence to prevent further unrest, of which the cost of such a deployment is hard to justify.
The DA is also of the impression that this release would pose a threat of becoming a super-spreader event, as it would definitely attract a large crowd. The party further stated that the decision to release Zuma is inconsistent with the previous determinations by the DCS, and suggested that Zuma is receiving special treatment.