Jacob Zuma, Former President of South Africa

Mr. Jacob Zuma who was jailed for corruption charges last month, is due in court for a separate graft trial but now hospitalized.

The South African Department of Correctional Services disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

in the statement, the Department of Correctional Services confirm that former president Jacob Zuma has today, August 6 2021, been admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation.

Mr. Zuma was jailed by the constitutional court for refusing to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in office.

The ex-president, who has been accused of receiving bribes over a $2 billion weapons deal in the late 1990s, initially resisted arrest but later turned himself in.

Following the arrest of Zuma, who wields support among the poor and among loyalists in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), protests broke out in the country.

The protests quickly turned into looting as crowds pillaged shopping malls and warehouses, hauling away goods as police stood by, seemingly powerless to act.

A South African court had last month adjourned the trial of Zuma after the former leader applied for a postponement to appear in person rather than virtually.

Zuma is scheduled to attend the resumption of a long-running corruption trial on August 10.