Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been freed following the expiry of his prison sentence for contempt of court, the government said on Friday.
Zuma received a 15-month sentence last year after he ignored instructions to participate in a corruption inquiry.
He handed himself in on July 7 last year to begin his sentence, triggering the worst violence South Africa had seen in years as his angry supporters took to the streets.
“It’s OFFICIAL. H.E President Zuma is now a FREE man,” the Jacob Zuma Foundation said in a tweet.
In September 2021, Zuma was released on medical parole but in December, the High Court set aside the parole decision and ordered him to return to jail. Zuma appealed the ruling and remained on parole pending the appeal outcome.
His appeal had not been determined by the time his sentence expired.
“Mr Zuma complied with his conditions for medical parole as set out during his placement,” the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement.
“All administrative processes have now been concluded and the sentence expiry date marks the end of him serving his sentence under community corrections.”