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Zuma undergoing surgery in military hospital

Former President Jacob Zuma remains in hospital after undergoing surgery on Saturday, the Department of Correctional Services said on Sunday.

Spokesperson for the department, Singabakho Nxumalo, said more procedures are to be followed in the coming days.

He said the department was not able to predict when the former president would be discharged from the military hospital.

“Our priority at this stage is for Zuma to receive the best care possible,” Nxumalo said.

“Inmates who are placed in correctional facilities involuntarily have a total and inescapable responsibility and duty to be cared for in a manner that does not violate or compromise their constitutional rights, which include access to healthcare.

In order to continue providing quality healthcare to Zuma, people should refrain from making assumptions about his health and give medical practitioners room to do so, “said Nxumalo.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed Zuma’s fraud and corruption trial until September 9-10, while awaiting his medical report.

His doctor must submit his medical report by August 20.

The request for a postponement was heard virtually after the former President was admitted in a military hospital on August 6.

The Constitutional Court of South Africa sentenced Zuma to 15 months’ imprisonment after the court found him guilty of contempt of court.

Zumba’s conviction followed his failure to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture to account for his apparent involvement in corruption during his time as President between 2009 and 2018.

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