© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: South African former President Jacob Zuma speaks to supporters after showing on the Excessive Court docket in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Might 17, 2021. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photograph
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South Africa’s jailed former president, Jacob Zuma, was taken to hospital for medical statement on Friday, jail authorities mentioned, days earlier than he was attributable to seem in court docket for a corruption trial.
Officers didn’t go into particulars on the situation of the 79-year-old, who’s serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court docket at Estcourt jail in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Zuma’s basis mentioned he was in hospital for a routine annual check-up. “No should be alarmed, … but,” it mentioned in a tweet on Friday morning.
Mzwanele Manyi, the spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma Basis, advised Reuters later within the afternoon the docs had been nonetheless seeing the previous president and would advise him on whether or not he was match to attend court docket on Tuesday.
The Division of Correctional Providers mentioned a routine statement on the jail had prompted authorities to take Zuma to an outdoor hospital for additional examination. It didn’t title the hospital.
“Everybody who’s detained, together with each sentenced prisoner, has the appropriate to situations of detention which are according to human dignity, together with … medical therapy,” the division’s assertion mentioned.
Zuma final month requested the Constitutional Court docket to annul his jail sentence, partly on the grounds that he was affected by an unspecified medical situation.
He was jailed for defying a Constitutional Court docket order to present proof at an inquiry investigating high-level corruption throughout his 9 years in workplace till 2018.
When Zuma handed himself in on July 7, protests by his supporters escalated into riots involving looting and arson that President Cyril Ramaphosa described as an “rebellion”.
Zuma, who was briefly permitted to go away jail on July 22 to attend the funeral of his youthful brother, is because of seem in public once more on Tuesday for an arms deal corruption trial.
In that case, he’s accused of receiving kickbacks over a $2 billion arms deal from the Nineteen Nineties. He pleaded not responsible in Might to expenses together with corruption, fraud and cash laundering.
Zuma has mentioned he’s the sufferer of a politically motivated witch-hunt. Efforts to prosecute him are seen as a check of South Africa’s capability to carry highly effective politicians to account.
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