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Ex South African president Jacob Zuma leaves prison because of health issues

Former President Jacob Zuma was released from prison on medical parole, Department of Correctional Services announced on Sunday.

Zuma has been serving in Prison since July after he was found guilty of contempt of court for failure to comply with an order of the Constitutional Court to honour a summons to appear before the state capture commission.

The statement states they were compelled to do so based on a medical report received by the department. The Department stressed that all offenders are eligible to be placed on medical parole should it be seen fit. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months behind bars.

He has spent weeks of incarceration at the medical wing of the Estcourt prison before he was moved to an external hospital for further treatment. Meanwhile in closing remarks to the ANC national executive committee’s lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC welcomes former president Jacob Zuma’s release on medical parole.

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