Zuma Remains In Hospital Care Outside Estcourt Prison

The former president, Jacob Zuma, who is currently serving his 15 months sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre, was admitted to hospital outside the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facilities. Read further for more.

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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has confirmed in a statement on 6 August 2021 that former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to an outside hospital for a routine medical observation.

The DCS spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, confirmed the statement saying the former president will be undergoing for further medical care after his surgical procedure last Saturday.

Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure Saturday, 14 August 2021, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days. As a result, the DCS is unable to predict a discharge date as our priority at this stage is for Mr Zuma to be afforded the best care possible.

The DCS statement also appealed to the public to stop speculating on Jacob Zuma's health and let the medical professionals to their work freely.

The former president was sentenced by the constitutional court to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court.

The public has been speculating that the former president is trying to avoid prison as he’s been doing with his cases.

The statement says they are unable to give Zuma the medical attention he needs as their facilities can only provide limited medical care. Nxumalo confirmed that the former president was admitted to the military hospital.

Zuma was scheduled to appear in Pietermaritzburg High Court but due to his medical condition, the case was further postponed to 9 September 2021.

This is the second time that Zuma has temporarily been released from the prison since he began serving his sentence on 8 July 2021.

About four weeks ago, he joined his family for the funeral of his brother Michael, in Nkandla, after he was granted compassionate leave.

Judge Piet Koen of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court said doctors treating Zuma should provide a medical report by 20 August 2021.

He also instructed the State to appoint the doctor of its choice to examine the former president, and if necessary, for the doctor to give evidence as to his fitness to attend trial.

The former president pleaded not guilty to his charges when he appeared in May and his legal team was expected to argue that Zuma be acquitted to all charges.

The DCS remains unaware when the former president will be discharged and sent back to Estcourt prison where he is currently serving his 15 months jail term.

 

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