Zuma discharged after being hospitalised for a week for ‘unknown ailment’

Jacob Zuma. Image credit: Flickr/GovernmentZA

Former President Jacob Zuma was reportedly discharged from hospital on Thursday after being admitted for a week for an “unknown ailment.”

Dudu Myeni, the chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, confirmed the news on Friday, IOL reports.

Zuma was reportedly at an unnamed Durban hospital. Myeni has asked the public to “give him space” to recover.

Inquiry appearance postponed

The state capture commission of inquiry announced earlier this week that Zuma had been scheduled to continue his testimony from 11-15 November.

However, the former President’s lawyers told the inquiry just hours later that he was “ill” and therefore unable to appear.

This compelled the inquiry to postpone his appearance. This was the second postponement of his testimony after his corruption trial caused the first postponement in late October.

Zuma was expected to shed more light on his links with the infamous Gupta brothers as well as the firing for Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan.

Other “areas of interest” the inquiry identified for his testimony include the proposed nuclear deal with Russia and testimonies of ex-GCIS head Themba Maseko and former minister Barbara Hogan, among others.

Zuma’s other legal woes

On the same day Zuma was reportedly discharged, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed his application for leave to appeal a ruling that compelled him to apologise to former minister Derek Hanekom.

Hanekom hauled him to court for defamation for calling him an “enemy agent.” It’s unclear what Zuma’s next legal step would be.

The ex-President has also filed leave to appeal a previous ruling that dismissed his bid for a permanent stay of prosecution in his corruption trial.

If he doesn’t succeed in this appeal, the pre-trial could be held in February 2020 and the full trial could start in April.

Zuma is also fighting a potential bid by VBS Bank liquidators to repossess his Nkandla home after reportedly defaulting on his repayments.

In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that he had to pay back a portion of the costs for security upgrades at Nkandla. He subsequently took a loan from VBS.

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