Former South Africa president Jacob Zuma was Sunday granted medical parole, jail authorities introduced.
Mr Zuma who was jailed in July for contempt of court docket has been hospitalised since August 6, at a well being facility outdoors the jail the place he was incarcerated for ignoring a court docket order to testify earlier than a judicial panel probing corruption throughout his nine-year tenure which lasted till 2018.
“The Division of Correctional Companies (DCS) is ready to verify that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been positioned on medical parole,” it mentioned in an announcement.
The parole is efficient Sunday and he’ll serve out the remainder of the 15-month jail sentence outdoors jail.
“Medical parole placement for Mr Zuma signifies that he’ll full the rest of the sentence within the system of neighborhood corrections, whereby he should adjust to particular set of circumstances and might be subjected to supervision till his sentence expires,” it mentioned.
The choice to accord him parole was compelled “by a medical report” the division obtained, it mentioned.
The 79-year-old was admitted to hospital for commentary on August 6 for an undisclosed situation, and underwent a surgical process on August 14.
He stays hospitalised.
His long-running corruption trial over an arms deal courting again greater than twenty years was final month postponed to September 9, pending a medical report on his health to face trial.