Former President Jacob Zuma.
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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that Jacob Zuma’s military medics have filed a report on his fitness to stand trial.
“I can confirm that Mr. Zuma’s legal team has filed a medical report regarding his state of health,” NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said.
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“This is a confidential document and we will not make any further comment until the case is heard by the court.”
The report was delivered a week after the deadline set by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.
Zuma’s attorney, Dali Mpofu, previously said at the previous virtual hearing in Zuma’s corruption case that it would only be after the former president’s doctors drafted their report on his health that his lawyers would make a decision on whether to request a longer postponement of his trial.
If such a postponement is requested, Zuma’s medics – as well as state-appointed medics to examine the former president – will have to testify and be cross-examined.
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The former president was hospitalized more than two weeks ago while serving a 15-month prison sentence for challenging a Constitutional Court ruling that he appeared before the state capture investigation.
The Supreme Court has yet to rule on Zuma’s request to quash that judgment, after asking the parties in the case to comment on the implications of international law on its majority decision to jail him.
The Corrections Department recently confirmed that Zuma “… underwent surgery on Saturday, August 14, 2021, with further procedures scheduled for the next few days.” As a result, he said, he was “… unable to predict a release date as our priority at this point is for Mr. Zuma to receive the best possible care.
“As detainees are involuntarily placed in correctional facilities, the state has a total and inescapable responsibility and duty to care for them in a way that does not violate or compromise their constitutional rights, which include access to health care, ”added spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.