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Former South African president surrenders after 15-month prison sentence

South African authorities have announced that former President Jacob Zuma has turned himself in to serve a 15-month prison sentence after being found guilty of contempt of court.

The South African Department of Correctional Services said, in a statement, "Sputnik", that "Zuma has surrendered to the police to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence at Eskoart Correctional Centre."

"Zuma will be subject to all admissions to correctional centers and will follow the relevant instructions regarding admission and orientation of newly imprisoned persons," she added.

South African Police Ministry spokesman Lirandzo Themba confirmed that former President Jacob Zuma was in police custody after he turned himself in on Wednesday.

"Zuma turned himself in to spend 15 months in prison for contempt of court," Themba said.

The country's Constitutional Court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison last week for defying instructions earlier this year to testify in a corruption investigation during his nine years in power until 2018.