Jacob Zuma Former South African President was given medical probation on Sunday, prison authorities announced, Zuma, who was jailed in July for contempt of court, has been hospitalized since August 6 in a health facility outside the prison where he was incarcerated for ignoring a court order to testify before a judicial panel investigating corruption during his tenure. nine years that lasted until 2018.
“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) can confirm that Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been released on medical probation,” he said in a statement Probation goes into effect Sunday and he will serve the remainder of the 15-month jail sentence outside of jail.
“The placement on medical probation for Mr. Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the community corrections system, so he must meet a specific set of conditions and will be subject to supervision until his sentence expires. “, He said.
The decision to grant him parole was imposed “by a medical report” the department received, he said The 79-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for observation on August 6 for an undisclosed condition and underwent a surgical procedure on August 14.
However, He remains hospitalized His trial for long-standing corruption over a weapons deal dating back more than two decades was postponed last month to September 9, pending a medical report on his fitness for trial.