South Africa: former president Jacob Zuma undergoes surgery

Prison officials in South Africa said jailed former President Jacob Zuma has undergone surgery and remains in hospital.

The 79-year-old is due to have other procedures in the coming days, Singabakho Nxumalo, the correctional services department spokesperson, has said.

There has been no word on the nature of the operations or likely discharge date.

Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence in July for contempt of court for failing to appear at an inquiry looking into allegations of corruption during his 2009-2018 presidency.

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His admission to hospital delayed the start of a separate corruption trial last week.

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