Zuma, 79, has been serving a 15-month prison sentence since July for contempt of court after defying a subpoena during a corruption probe during his tenure.
“Mr. Zuma’s placement on medical parole means that he will complete the remainder of his sentence in the community prison system, whereby he will have to comply with a specific set of conditions and will be under supervision until the end of his life. expiry of his sentence, ”said the South African Ministry of Justice. Corrections (DCS) said in a statement on Sunday.
The DCS said it was “pressured” to grant Zuma medical parole after receiving a medical report.
DCS called on South Africans “to give dignity to Mr. Zuma while he continues to receive medical treatment.”
Deadly violence erupted in South Africa in July after Zuma went into custody, sparking widespread protests and looting as soldiers and police struggled to restore order. It was one of the worst violence the country has seen in years.
Zuma’s successor, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, said the unrest was “the instigator” and that he would not allow “lawlessness and chaos to unfold in the country”.
Zuma was president from 2009 to 2018 and was once widely celebrated as a key figure in the country’s liberation movement. He spent 10 years in prison with anti-apartheid hero and former President Nelson Mandela.
But his nine years in office have been marred by high-level corruption allegations, which he has repeatedly denied.
Zuma is accused of corruption involving three businessmen close to him – brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta – and allowing them to influence government policy, including the hiring and firing of ministers to align with family business interests. The Guptas deny wrongdoing but left South Africa after Zuma was ousted from the presidency.