According to the government’s correctional services department on Sunday, South Africa’s imprisoned former president Jacob Zuma has been granted medical release owing to bad health.

According to jail officials, Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison for contempt of court, underwent unspecified surgery at an outside hospital where he had been transferred for monitoring last month. He was still in the hospital, and more procedures were on the way.

The 79-year-eligibility old’s for medical parole was determined based on a medical report obtained by the Department of Corrections Services, according to a statement.

“Medical parole placement for Mr Zuma means that he will serve the remainder of his sentence in the community correctional system, where he will be subject to monitoring and must comply with a certain set of conditions,” the government explained.

Its spokeswoman, Singabakho Nxumalo, said Zuma, who was arrested in early July, was still in the hospital but might return home to continue getting medical care. He provided no information about Zuma’s sickness, his parole requirements, or whether his health had worsened since he was released.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation, according to Mzwanele Manyi, applauded the parole board’s decision and stated that a more thorough statement would be published after consultation with Zuma’s legal team.

Zuma was imprisoned for failing to comply with a Constitutional Court order to testify at an inquiry into high-level corruption during his nine years in government, which ended in 2018.

When Zuma surrendered himself in on July 7, his supporters’ protests turned into riots with looting and burning, which President Cyril Ramaphosa labeled as a “insurgency.”,