Jan 19, 2022

ANC Wishes Jacob Zuma Speedy Recovery After Surgery

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He was sent to jail for contempt of court following his failure to appear at the state capture inquiry.

FILE PHOTO: South Africa's former leader, Mr Jacob Zuma currently serving a 15-months jail term for contempt of court. PICTURE: Themba Hadebe/AP

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JOHANNESBURG: His doctors have until 20 August to submit a detailed report on his medical condition.

The African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday wishes former South Africa’s president, Mr Jacob Zuma a speedy recovery after his surgery.

This comes after the Department of Correctional Services announced that Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday and is scheduled to go through others soon.

Mr Zuma was hospitalised two weeks ago for an undisclosed illness and the department said, at the time, that the hospitalisation was made after a routine observation.

The department said Zuma remains in a hospital outside the escort correctional centre where he’s serving his 15-month jail sentence.

“As inmates are placed in correctional centres involuntarily, the state has a total and inescapable responsibility and duty to care for them in a manner that does not violate or compromise their constitutional rights, which include access to health care,” the department explained in a media statement.

The DCS has urged people to refrain from speculating on the health of Mr Zuma and allow medical practitioners space to continue providing quality healthcare to him.

His doctors have until 20 August to submit a detailed report on his medical condition and Mr Zuma will also be assessed by a state-appointed medical practitioner.

Mr Zuma was taken to an undisclosed hospital last week for medical observation after a report to Pietermaritzburg High Court judge Peter Koen indicated the former president’s health had taken a turn for the worst.

He was sent to jail for contempt of court following his failure to appear at the state capture inquiry.

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