The former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was released from prison Sunday because of declining health, CNN reported.
Zuma, who was serving a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court, was released on medical parole, the country’s correctional services department said.
According to CNN, South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services said that “Medical parole placement for Mr. Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires.”
“Apart from being terminally ill and physically incapacitated, inmates suffering from an illness that severely limits their daily activity or self-care can also be considered for medical parole,” the department said.
In August, Zuma had multiple surgeries for an undisclosed illness.
Zuma began his prison sentence in July after he refused to appear at an inquiry into corruption practices during his time as South Africa’s president. He served as president from 2009 to 2018.