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South Africa announces release of former president, Jacob Zuma from prison

The government of South Africa has announced the freedom of Jacob Zuma, its former president from prison.

The new development came following the completion of the former president’s jail sentence.

The South African government, through a statement on Friday, revealed that he had got his freedom from their facility after serving part of his sentence behind bars.

While reacting to his release from prison, the former South African leader said its a moment of mixed emotions, and he has likened his freedom to that of 1973, when he got his freedom from Robben Island prison, after been sentenced to prison as an apartheid-era political prisoner alongside the former president of the country, Nelson Mandela.

He has thanked his admirers for standing against what he described as an “unjust and cruel incarceration”, the 80 year old said, “I am relieved to be free again, to walk around and do whatever I want to do without restrictions.”

The Informant247 observes that the former South African leader was imprisoned for 15 months in July last year over his refusal to make himself available before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry which was investigating allegations of State Capture while he led the country from 2009-2018.

He was given medical attention for an illness which was not disclosed two months later, in September 2021.

The High Court in Pretoria directed the former president’s return to prison in December 2021, on the ground that he was he was but lawfully granted medical parole after members of the opposition parties condemned his release.

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