The J.G. Zuma Foundation says there is an agenda behind the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to appoint another doctor to re-examine former president Jacob Zuma in a state-owned hospital where he has undergone a medical procedure.
The NPA has decided to seek a second medical opinion regarding the condition of the imprisoned former president Jacob Zuma.
He is serving a 15-month jail term for contempt of court after he ignored a Constitutional Court order that he return to testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
The NPA says a medical report from Zuma is required and a doctor appointed by the NPA must be allowed to conduct a check-up on him.
The foundation’s spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi says: “President Zuma is not in some spaza shop medical environment. He is in an official government run hospital. So if you have no faith and confidence in the things that the government is putting into place, then where does that leave us? We cannot have a situation in this country when it pronounces and says somebody is not well, for some private individual whose got some mysterious agenda to come and second guess that and say I want to subject you to my doctor. They are actually insulting the professional integrity of the doctors that are dealing with President Zuma.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Correctional Services says Zuma is set to remain in hospital indefinitely following his surgical procedure, with other procedures scheduled in the coming days.
The Department’s Spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, says they are unable to predict when the former president will be discharged.
“Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday, 14 August 2021, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days. DCS is unable to predict a discharge date as our priority at this stage is for Zuma to be afforded the best care possible. We appeal to all people to refrain from speculating on the health of Zuma and allow medical practitioners space to do their jobs,” says Nxumalo.
In the report below, Zuma to remain in hopsital: