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Jacob Zuma underwent surgery on Saturday with more procedures scheduled in coming days

The department of correctional services urges people not to speculate over the 79-year-old's health

15 August 2021 - 08:32 By TimesLIVE
Former president Jacob Zuma.
Former president Jacob Zuma.
Image: LULAMA ZENZILE/ File photo

Former President Jacob Zuma underwent surgery on Saturday at a hospital outside the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal where he is serving a 15-month sentence, the department of correctional services (DCS) said.

“Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday, August 14 2021, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days. As a result, DCS is unable to predict a discharge date as our priority at this stage is for Mr Zuma to be afforded the best care possible,” the department said in a statement on Sunday.

“As inmates are placed in correctional centres involuntarily, the state has a total and inescapable responsibility and duty to care for them in a manner that does not violate or compromise their constitutional rights, which include access to health care. 

“We appeal to all people to refrain from speculating on the health of Mr Zuma and allow medical practitioners space to continue providing quality health care to him.”

Zuma, 79, is serving jail time for contempt of court after he ignored an order to testify before the commission of inquiry into state capture.