Zuma admitted for medical observation 

Zuma admitted for medical observation 

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to a hospital outside prison for “medical observation”, Aljazeera has reported on Friday. 

The politician jailed for contempt of court last month. 

“Everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including … medical treatment,” the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement on Friday.

The department said in the statement that Zuma’s healthcare needs required the involvement of the South African Military Health Service.

Zuma’s foundation, while confirming that he was in hospital, said it was for his annual routine medical check-up.
“No need to be alarmed … yet,” the foundation said in a Twitter post.

The admission came less than a week before the 79-year-old is due to attend the resumption of a long-running corruption trial.

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