- Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, has been admitted to hospital after suffering from severe Covid-19 symptoms
- The former president's advocate contracted the virus a few weeks back but had sought medical care after his symptoms worsened
- This comes as the ex-president is facing pressure from the State Capture Inquiry to present himself for testimony in January
Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, former president Jacob Zuma's lawyer, has been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19 recently.
The legal eagle is suffering from 'very severe symptoms' after contracting the virus, prompting the need for medical care.
The Pan African Bar Association, of which Sikhakhane is a former chairperson, released a statement on Tuesday confirming the situation.
Current chairperson, Nasreen Rajab-Budlender, commented that Sikhakhane had been infected with the virus a few weeks ago before experiencing 'very severe symptoms':
"He is still in hospital but is recovering well and his doctors are happy with his progress."
The statement had come in response to rumours that Sikhakhane had passed away which had circulated on social media.
The statement had also closely followed a similar message from Edward Zuma, who had confirmed that the ex-president is in good health.
This, in turn, had been in response to reports that Zuma's wife Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo had been admitted to a KwaZulu-Natal hospital with Covid-19 symptoms.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has approached the Constitutional Court.
This application seeks to legally compel Jacob Zuma's appearance before the Inquiry, in addition to forcing him to respond to the allegations levied against him.
Zuma's earlier appearances before the Inquiry had been strained with his last seeing the ex-president staging a walkout.
This move had followed Zuma's application seeking Raymond Zondo's recusal as chairperson of the inquiry on the grounds of a conflict of interest.
The application had been dismissed by Zondo, who had found the ex-president failed to prove their relationship was an intimate one.
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