Former South African President Zuma, who is currently imprisoned, is undergoing surgery.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who is currently imprisoned, has undergone unspecified surgery and remains in the hospital, according to jail officials on Sunday.

Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison for contempt of court, was sent to a hospital outside the prison for observation on Aug. 6, just days before the commencement of a corruption trial he has so far dodged.

“On Saturday, 14 August 2021, Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure, with more treatments anticipated for the coming days,” jail spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement.

There was no word on a potential discharge date for Zuma, who in July asked the country’s top court to reverse his incarceration, saying it was unjust and might kill him if he catches COVID-19.

Following his hospitalisation, a high court postponed his corruption trial to September 9. It is unknown what medical illness Zuma is suffering from, and the judge has asked his legal team to produce a medical report by Aug. 20.

Prosecutors may pick a doctor of their choice to determine Zuma’s fitness to stand trial.

Zuma, whose arrest last month sparked looting and unrest, is facing charges alongside a co-accused, French defence giant Thales (TCFP.PA), in connection with a $2 billion arms contract corruption scandal that resulted in his dismissal as South Africa’s deputy president in 2005.

Zuma and Thales have both disputed the claims.


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