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SOUTH AFRICA: President Zuma Out Of Prison Due To Surgery

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been moved to hospital to undergo surgery and remains in hospital with more operations planned according to prison authorities.

Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison for contempt of court, was sent to a hospital outside for observation on Aug. 6, days before the start of a corruption trial. 

“Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days. As a result, 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 department said in a statement on Sunday.

He has been under medical supervision by staff from the SA Military Health Services since his admission at the Estcourt Correctional Centre.

Last week, a high court postponed his corruption trial to Sept. 9 after his hospitalisation. Zuma’s medical condition remain unclear and his legal team has been ordered by the judge to produce a medical report by Aug. 20.

The prosecutors may appoint a doctor of their choice to assess whether Zuma is fit to stand trial. 

Zuma, whose jailing last month ignited looting and unrest, faces charges with co-accused, French defence firm Thales, over a $2 billion arms deal corruption case that led to his sacking as South Africa’s deputy president in 2005.

Zuma and Thales have denied the allegations.