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Jacob Zuma Foundation: No word yet on JZ’s condition in hospital

The Jacob Zuma Foundation says it is yet to receive clarity on the former president’s health condition in hospital.

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“Following numerous media enquiries about the state of health of H.E President Zuma, the Foundation wishes to communicate to all that at this stage we are still awaiting a report from the Doctors,” the Foundation said in part in a tweet on Saturday, 7 August 2021.

Zuma was admitted to a military hospital on Friday morning, something which was prompted by a routine medical checkup. The 79-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

“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 of Correctional Services’ spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said.

’’As a former president, the healthcare needs of Mr Zuma require the involvement of the South African Military Health Services. This been the case since his admission at Estcourt Correctional Centre,” he added.

Will Jacob Zuma be able to attend his trial?

The Department of Correctional Services said it would be up to Jacob Zuma’s doctors to determine whether he will be fit enough to attend his corruption trial in person on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

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Zuma recently was successful in an application to have the proceedings heard physically in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

Now the uncertainty surrounding his health could change all that.

“If the doctors discharge him before then and say he’s fit to go there, he will attend [the hearing]. The medical experts will provide guidance in terms of Tuesday,” Nxumalo said.

“The hearing of the plea in terms of s106(1)(h) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 set down from 10 August 2021, shall proceed in open court at the High court in Pietermaritzburg,” Judge Piet Koen said.

Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, and money-laundering related to the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s. The former president is alleged to have received 783 suspicious payments to the tune of R1.2 million from French arms manufacturer Thales, through his disgraced former financial advisor Shabir Shaik.

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