The Jacob G Zuma Foundation remained tight lipped regarding the report that the former president has been discharged from the hospital.
Despite reports in the media that Zuma spent his first night with his family at Nkandla Homestead on Wednesday, implying he was discharged from the medical facility, the foundation maintained his release would not be made public.
Mzwandile Manyi, the foundation’s spokesperson, responded on Twitter, saying Zuma’s release from the hospital wouldn’t be announced.
“Dear Media. We have been inundated with calls from the media regarding reports that former President Zuma has returned to Nkandla.” The Foundation wishes to reiterate its earlier position that his discharge from the hospital will not be made public,” said Manyi.
Manyi had previously said he would announce further details as soon as the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) deemed it appropriate.
Zuma was sentenced to six months in prison by the Constitutional Court for refusing instructions to testify before the State Capture Inquiry into corruption during his tenure as president of the country.
The outgoing DCS National Commissioner, Arthur Fraser, recommended granting him medical parole on September 5, after serving a fraction of his sentence.
The former statesman remained in a hospital undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness while serving the remainder of his sentence outside of prison walls.
A DCS spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, said Zuma was being placed on medical parole, which means he will serve the remainder of his sentence under community corrections.
“He is required to abide by certain conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires,” added Nxumalo.