'He's a former president': Why correctional services dept may pay Zuma’s R400k hospital bill

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The correctional services department says it has been billed R398 271 for recently paroled Jacob Zuma's medical care at a private hospital – and may foot those costs because of Zuma's status as a former president.

"To date, we have been billed for R398 271. He [Zuma] remains in hospital, which means that this bill is likely to increase," department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told News24 on Tuesday. 

Normally, inmates are hospitalised in state hospitals – unless, under very specific conditions, they are able to pay for private hospitalisation.

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