Oyogist.com has learned that South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, jailed for contempt of court last month, was admitted to hospital on Friday.
This is coming barely less than a week before he is due in court for a separate graft trial.
A statement read
“The Department of Correctional Services “can confirm that former president Jacob Zuma has today, 6 August 2021, been admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation”.
Zuma, 79, is scheduled to attend the resumption of a long-running corruption trial on August 10.
The hearing will include a plea to drop 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering against him related to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and equipment from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.
His charges had included taking bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption and money laundering.
This is not the first time a similar thing is happening as Proceedings have been repeatedly postponed for more than a decade, sparking accusations of delaying tactics.