South Africa’s Zuma Hospitalized Ahead of Graft Trial


Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been hospitalized ahead of his graft trial.

According to the Department of Correctional Services, the former South Africa’s President was admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation on Friday.

The 79-year-old is scheduled to attend the resumption of a long-running corruption trial on August 10,2021.

Zuma has been accused of taking bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption and money laundering.

Meanwhile, proceedings have been repeatedly postponed for more than a decade, sparking accusations of delaying tactics.

In a separate case, Zuma was handed a 15-month jail sentence in late June for snubbing a commission probing state corruption under his 2009-19 presidency.

He started serving the sentence on July 8 at Estcourt prison, in the east of the country.

Zuma’s legal team had used a range of reasons to turn down invitations to testify, including alleged bias, preparations for the graft trial and medical concerns.

The former leader travelled to Cuba last year to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness.

No reason was given for the hospitalization on Friday, apart from that it was prompted by “a routine observation.”

Zuma has already been allowed to leave prison for 24 hours to attend his brother’s funeral last month.

His imprisonment sparked a spree of violence and looting in his home KwaZulu-Natal province and the financial capital, Johannesburg.

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