While you were asleep: Zuma: The ‘gift’ that keeps on taking

The imprisoned former president that went from not being ill, to hospitalised for a routine check-up, to being placed on medical parole is now going to cost us taxpayers R400,000+ in medical bills.   

News24 reports normally, inmates are hospitalised in state hospitals, but Zuma’s privileges as former president bought him a stay in a private hospital and a get-out-of-jail-free card, whether he met the conditions for medical parole or not. 

While he remains in hospital, “consulting with his lawyers”, Zuma also bought some time in facing the music in court into the criminal case in which he faces 16 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering. Zuma is alleged to have received an annual kickback of R500,000 paid through his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik in exchange for shielding French arms manufacturer Thales from an investigation into the controversial arms deal.  

Meanwhile, opposition groups the DA and Afriforum are taking legal steps to have the medical parole decision reviewed.  

And while all this is happening, Zuma Junior is on the campaign trail to be our next president. Let’s just take a moment to (insert here whatever you’re feeling right now). 

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