By Ebi Kesiena
South Africa’s jailed former President, Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole because of his ill health.
In a statement on Sunday, the government’s correctional services explained that he would complete his sentence in the community under supervision.
The nature of his illness was not specified, as the 79-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at Estcourt Correctional Centre.
Recall that last month, prison authorities said Zuma underwent surgery and was in hospital awaiting further operations.
Zuma handed himself in to police in July after being sentenced for defying an instruction to give evidence at a corruption inquiry.
His jailing was unprecedented for an ex-president, sparking violent protests and looting.