Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted for observation at a hospital near Estcourt Correctional Center where he is currently serving a 15-month prison sentence, the government said on Friday.
Zuma is in prison for defying a Constitutional Court order to testify in a state-backed investigation examining corruption allegations during his presidential term from 2009 to 2018.
A routine examination indicated that Zuma should be admitted to a hospital, according to the statement from the Department of Corrections.
âAs a former president, Mr. Zuma’s health needs require the involvement of the South African military health services. This has been the case since his admission to the Estcourt Correctional Center, âthe statement said.
Zuma’s imprisonment last month sparked violent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, which quickly turned into widespread looting of shopping malls and truck fires in KwaZulu-Natal. More than 330 people have died in the riots and more than 20 billion rand ($ 1.36 billion) in property has been destroyed.
Zuma has filed a request to have his prison sentence quashed by the Constitutional Court and is expected to appear before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg next week in a separate corruption trial.