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Zuma's medical condition, parole take centre stage in corruption trial

Zuma's medical condition, parole take centre stage in corruption trial

CAPE TOWN - Jacob Zuma’s medical parole records have come under scrutiny as his corruption trial continues in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser was also present in court after being subpoenaed to deal with Zuma’s medical parole records.

Zuma was granted medical parole by Fraser after he overruled the medical parole advisory board's initial decision that he shouldn't be freed.

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The former president’s medical parole has become the centre of attention in his corruption trial.

Zuma is in court for a special plea application to have prosecutor Billy Downer removed from the case.

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Advocate Wim Trengove - representing Downer - wants Zuma’s medical records.

He said the ex-statesmen hadn’t justified his absence from court.

Advocate Dali Mpofu has countered, saying the records were not relevant to Tuesday’s proceedings.

But Judge Piet Koen said Zuma’s absence was due to his poor health, making his medical records relevant.

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