Embattled former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted into hospital for medical observation. The Department of Correctional Services confirmed in a statement on Friday morning that a routine observation by the Military Health Services prompted that the 79-year-old Zuma be admitted to hospital.
According to the DCS, the constitution requires them to ensure that everyone who is detained has the right to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity and the provision of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment.
Zuma was admitted to a correctional facility KwaZulu-Natal on July 7 to serve a 15-month jail sentence handed to him by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court.
The former president will be allowed to attend a long-running arms deal corruption trial in person rather than by video link.
The hearing is scheduled to resume in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on August 10 in an open court.
In July 2015, Zuma was admitted to hospital to remove gall stones. The gall stones were discovered about two months previously during a routine medical check-up.
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