He is due to appear in court next week when his corruption case resumes.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who is currently serving a 15-month prison sentence, has been hospitalized.
The Department of Corrections (DCS) confirmed Friday that Zuma had been admitted to a foreign hospital for medical examination. Mr Zuma was transferred from Estcourt Correctional Center in KwaZulu-Natal, where he is being held for contempt of court, to an undisclosed hospital.
DCS spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo stressed that the former president’s health care needs require the involvement of South African military health services.
He added that the health of detainees was treated under section 35 (2) of the Constitution, which obliges the department to ensure that “every detained person, including any convicted prisoner, has the right to conditions of detention based on human dignity, including at least practice. and provision, at public expense, adequate housing, food, reading materials and medical care.
In June, the Constitutional Court found the 79-year-old former president contempt of court for refusing to cooperate with a government investigation into his arrest.
He is due to appear in court next week when his corruption case resumes. Several charges related to the 1999 arms deal are among Zuma’s charges.