Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Department of Correctional Services has announced that former president Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for medical observation.
Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence after being convicted of contempt of court.
It is reported that the former president was admitted to an outside facility on Friday.
Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says the former president was taken to hospital following a routine check-up.
“The health of inmates is addressed under Section 35(2) of the Constitution. This obliges the Department of Correctional Services 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,” says Nxumalo.
According to Nxumalo as a former president, the healthcare needs of Mr Zuma require the involvement of the South African Military Health Services.
“A routine observation prompted that Mr Zuma be taken for in-hospitalisation,” added Nxumalo
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