JOHANNESBURG – Former South African president Jacob Zuma – who is serving a 15 month jail sentence for contempt of court – has been admitted to an outside hospital for observation.
“As a Former President, the healthcare needs of Mr Zuma require the involvement of the South African Military Health Services. This has been the case since his admission at Estcourt Correctional Centre.” says the department in a statement
It says the department is obliged to ensure that everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision, at state expense, of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment.
The department says a routine observation prompted that Mr Zuma be taken for in-hospitalisation.