Officials of the Department of Correctional Services have revealed on Friday that Jacob Zuma has been admitted to a hospital outside the Estcourt Correctional Centre where he has been serving a sentence for contempt of court for “medical observation’’.
“Everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including … medical treatment,” the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement on Friday.
“A routine observation prompted that Mr. Zuma be taken for in-hospitalisation,” it said in a statement.
He had been admitted for “medical observation”.
The 79-year-old former president who insisted it would be a violation of his right to a fair trial to have his plea heard virtually, is scheduled to appear in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday for a plea application in his Arms Deal corruption trial. The court had ruled in his favour in his application for an in-person sitting.
The much-anticipated fraud and corruption trial has been nearly 20 years in the making.
Correctional Services spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo disclosed that Zuma’s scheduled court appearance “all depends on what the doctors say.
“If the doctors discharge him before then and say he’s fit.”