The Department of Correctional Services announced that former President Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole.
In a statement released on Sunday, the department said: “Medical parole’s eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of Correctional Services. Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole.”
According to the statement, medical parole placement for Zuma means that “he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.”
Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court for contempt after he refused to testify before the state capture commission of inquiry.
The 79-year-old was admitted to hospital in August and has only spent two months of his 15-month sentence in prison.