The high court in South Africa has directed the return to jail of former president Jacob Zuma.
The order invalidates a previous decision to free Zuma on parole on medical grounds.
Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison after repeatedly refusing to appear before an inquiry commission probing corruption during his tenure as president.
On July 7, Zuma handed himself in to commence his prison sentence. The move sparked the worst violence South Africa had seen in decades as his supporters took to the streets.
What started as protests escalated into looting and an outpouring of anger over the hardship and inequalities that persist in South Africa almost 30 years after the end of apartheid.
Over 300 people were killed and thousands of businesses were pillaged and destroyed.
On September 5, the ex-president was freed on medical grounds and in the same month, South Africa’s loftiest court, the constitutional court, quashed his attempt to overturn the sentence.
The most recent court decision can be appealed by the ex-head of state.