The former president has been “put in the custody of the South African Police Service, in accordance with the Constitutional Court judgment,” according to the Police Ministry.
Bheki Cele, the police minister, has been given until Wednesday midnight to carry out a Constitutional Court ruling to arrest the former president.
This comes after Zuma missed the deadline to turn himself in on Sunday.
After failing to appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry, the Supreme Court condemned Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
In a tweet shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the Jacob Zuma Foundation confirmed the news.
Police had informed him that if he did not surrender by midnight, he would be arrested.
Zuma, 79, was sentenced to prison last week after he failed to appear in court for a corruption investigation.
The sentencing began a legal saga in South Africa that had never been seen before. South Africa has never seen a former president jailed before.
Zuma refused to surrender on Sunday, thus a deadline of midnight on Wednesday (22:00 GMT) was set for his arrest.
While he was in government, businessmen were accused of colluding with politicians to influence decision-making.
Zuma, on the other hand, has claimed that he is the victim of a political plot.
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma