South Africa: ‘Zuma’s health status was confidential’ – JGZ Foundation threatens legal action

‘Zuma’s health status was confidential’: JGZ Foundation threatens legal action.. The Jacob G Zuma Foundation has threatened legal action over the handling of details of the former president’s health.

‘Zuma’s health status was confidential’: JGZ Foundation threatens legal action
‘Zuma’s health status was confidential’: JGZ Foundation threatens legal action—-

Zuma’s health status has been in the public eye after the former president was admitted to hospital last Friday for medical observation.

Traumatic injury

While the foundation previously said there was no need to panic just yet after Zuma’s hospitalisation, the military’s medical boss, Brigadier-General Dr Mcebisi Zukile Mdutywa, revealed in a letter that the former president suffered a “traumatic injury” in November last year.

Mdutywa, who leads the South African Military Health Service’s (SAMHS) presidential medical unit, then indicated that Zuma needed to undergo “an extensive emergency procedure” and that it would take six months to treat the 79 year old.

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The foundation has since slammed the media and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over the “callous and insensitive” handling of details of Zuma’s medical status, saying the documents were confidential and should not have been “freely and deliberately circulated at a mass level”.

It also indicated that it has instructed Zuma’s legal team “to take all the necessary legal steps to protect the grossly violated right” of the former president.

“This will include but not be limited to reporting the culprits to their institutions of accountability and/or initiating the appropriate civil or criminal proceedings. It cannot be that private and state agencies, in the pursuit of profit and hatred targeted at an individual, can be allowed to trample upon the most basic human rights of our patron in the manner witnessed today [Tuesday].

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“The hospital letter which was so freely and deliberately circulated at a mass level, locally and internationally, is clearly and repeatedly marked as confidential. In any event, the rules of common decency dictate that such information be treated in a manner which observes the human dignity and privacy rights of any person or patient,” the foundation said in a statement.

The foundation also pointed out past incidents where the courts had questioned Zuma’s medical certificates, further arguing that delays in the former president’s arms deal trial were because of his “unlawful detention”.

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