South Africa’s jailed former President Jacob Zuma has been granted medical parole.

The 79-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at Estcourt Correctional Centre.

The nature of his illness was not specified, but a statement said he would complete the rest of his sentence in the community under special conditions.

Mr. Zuma has been in hospital for the past month where he has undergone surgery and will remain there until he has been discharged.

He handed himself in to police in July after being sentenced for failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency. END

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