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Pretoria – The Department of Corrections has authorized former President Jacob Zuma to attend the funeral of his younger brother Michael Zuma.
Michael is to be buried Thursday afternoon.
“Pursuant to section 44 (1) (a) of the Corrections Act, former President Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave in order to deal with family bereavement,” said Thursday morning the Corrections spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.
“A convicted offender who obtains permission to leave a correctional center remains a convicted offender even if he is temporarily outside. The authorization granted to Mr. Zuma is for [Thursday] July 22, 2021.
He said that outside of a correctional facility, inmates do not need to wear offender uniforms.
“As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr. Zuma’s compassionate care leave request was processed and approved in accordance with corrections requirements. “
Preparations for Michael’s funeral in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday coincided with confirmation from the Corrections Department that the former president had indeed requested to leave his Estcourt jail cell to attend the family funeral.
Nxumalo said Zuma’s request complied with the Corrections Act and was being processed by the relevant departmental authorities.
“We can confirm that the former president, Mr. Jacob Zuma has requested compassionate care leave. He is treated under section 44 (1) (a) of the Corrections Act 111 of 1998, “Nxumalo said Wednesday.
Michael died days after his older brother turned himself over to authorities to begin serving his 15-month sentence for contempt of court. Elderly family member Khanya Zuma said Michael was bedridden before his death and his death was unrelated to imprisonment.
African News Agency (ANA)
Jacob Zuma to attend his younger brother’s funeral today
SourceJacob Zuma to attend his younger brother’s funeral today