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SA’s Jacob Zuma seeking medical treatment in Russia



SA’s Jacob Zuma seeking medical treatment in Russia

According to his foundation, former South African President Jacob Zuma is in Moscow for “health reasons.”

The Jacob G. Zuma Foundation added, “He will return to [South Africa] once his doctors finish their therapy.

The information was released a day after Zuma was unsuccessful in his attempt to have a decision ordering him back to prison overturned at the Constitutional Court.

The former president traveled to Russia last week on a commercial airline, according to Mzwanele Manyi, the foundation’s spokeswoman.

He has previously traveled to Russia for medical care, notably in 2014 following reports that he had been poisoned.

The Constitutional Court concluded on Thursday that Zuma had been improperly given medical parole.

Arthur Fraser, the previous director of the prison service and a close associate of the former president, granted him parole.

After completing less than eight weeks of a 15-month prison term, Zuma was freed in September 2021.

He was guilty of contempt for refusing to assist in an anti-corruption investigation while in government.

The prison department has stated that it is reviewing the constitutional court ruling and will make a statement after consulting with counsel.

Zuma “belongs in jail,” according to the Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest opposition party, which has praised the court’s decision.


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