The Jacob G. Zuma Foundation wishes to clarify that the former president won’t be publicly discharged from the hospital due to security concerns.
The Foundation said further announcements will be released at an appropriate time, subject to the conditions set forth by the Department of Correctional Services.
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in jail after the Constitutional Court found him in contempt of court after refusing to testifyas to before the Zondo Commission.
Zuma handed himself over on June 29 and was subsequently admitted to a military hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness.
The former statesman was released on medical parole on September 5, 2021.
Zuma is being treated in a hospital by the South African National Defence Force’s Presidential Medical Unit. The DCS had last month stated that it was unable to anticipate when the prisoner would be released
In response to a surge of media inquiries, the foundation decided to withhold information regarding the former president’s health and when he would be released.
A multi-million-rand arms deal scandal has also hamstrung Zuma. He has been burdened with escalating legal bills, something the Foundation describes as a serious challenge.
On its official Twitter page, the Jacob Zuma Foundation is appealing to the public to donate to the former president’s mounting legal bills.
“Dear friends and fellow citizens, legal bills are mounting. Zuma appreciates all the contributions so far and thanks you from the bottom of his heart. Let us respectfully ask you to continue supporting us. We still have a long way to go.”
“Please continue donating money, as there is still a long road ahead,” said the Foundation.
Zuma was unsuccessful in his attempt to overturn a court order that curtailed government funding for his corruption trial legal fees in April. According to News24, he must repay a legal bill believed to be around R25 million.
His effort to appeal a judgement by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that there was no legal basis for the government to pay for his defense in his corruption trial was also dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal.
While Zuma is still in hospital, the Foundation’s spokesman, Mzwanele Manyi, said his rescission application was heard on an urgent basis on July 12, 2021, following orders with very limited time constraints.
“Today is September 14, 2021, counting and a decision is still yet to come,” Manyi said, adding that justice delayed is justice denied.