Former South African President Jacob Zuma

Prison life, cold weather now ‘seriously’ affecting Zuma: spokesperson

FORMER South African President Jacob Zuma is experiencing ‘serious issues’ since he was sent to Estcourt Prison almost two weeks ago, his spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi has told media.

The 79-year-old was given a 15-month jail sentence for committing a serious ‘contempt of court’ offence, all emanating from his decision to avoid the State Capture Inquiry. Following a dramatic period of uncertainty, Zuma eventually handed himself over to the authorities in KZN.

He has so far completed 12 days behind bars.

However, according to Manyi, the realities of prison life are starting to affect uBaba. Speaking with eNCA on Tuesday afternoon, the long-time Zuma ally welcomed the High Court judgment to postpone his corruption trial by another few weeks, but attention soon shifted to the physical wellbeing of Msholozi – and he’s allegedly struggling with it all…

Mzwanele Manyi says Estcourt is one of the coldest places in KZN and its having a psychological impact on former President Jacob Zuma and he’s inside prison with heavy heart.

Manyi explained that Zuma’s ‘old age’ is also a troubling factor for the ex-head of state. It’s claimed that JZ is now confronted by ‘serious issues’ within the slammer, including the cold weather and the psychological toll of his incarceration. Zuma, if nothing else, may have to think twice before declaring prison is ‘nothing to fear’ in the future.

“Zuma is a man with a very strong heart, but the prison conditions are not good for a man approaching his 80th birthday. He is having very serious issues in there. He is old, he is in a prison, and Estcourt is one of the coldest areas in KZN.”

“We cannot complain about the treatment he is receiving, people are friendly to him, but the psychological impact of it all is taking a toll on him. This is not a happy situation, and his health is not being enhanced by these conditions.” – Online / YouTube

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