Sanco Youth Congress to go to PMB High Court to demand release of Jacob Zuma

Thulani Gamede of the Sanco Youth Congress claimed the continued incarceration of Jacob Zuma was unjust.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who faces fraud and corruption charges, greets supporters in the gallery of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 17, 2021. Photo: Rogan Ward/AFP

DURBAN — The Sanco Youth Congress said it would go to Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to seek the release of former president Jacob Zuma.

In June, Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being found guilty of defying the Constitutional Court.

It is understood the former president is currently in a hospital outside Estcourt Correctional Services Center where he is receiving medical treatment for what has been described as a ‘traumatic injury’.

Thulani Gamede of the Sanco Youth Congress claimed the continued incarceration of Jacob Zuma was unjust.

“We don’t think the judiciary, when it comes to President Jacob Zuma, takes things seriously and is willing to resolve issues as soon as possible. We want Jacob Zuma released. We as young people saw him being sent from pillar to post. We demand justice for uBaba President Jacob Zuma,” he said.

Previous protests calling for Zuma’s release turned violent and led to deadly looting, which left more than 300 people dead.

Gamede said they would ensure Friday’s protest was peaceful.

Download the Eyewitness News app on your iOS or Android device.