The Department of Corrections said former President Jacob Zuma was granted compassionate care leave to deal with family bereavement.
Zuma applied for compassionate care leave to attend the funeral of her brother, Michael, who died last week after a long illness.
His funeral service is should take place in Nkandla on Thursday.
The former president is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at the Estcourt Correctional Center.
Corrections spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said the clearance granted to Zuma was only valid for Thursday.
“A convicted offender who obtains permission to leave a correctional center remains a convicted offender even if he is temporarily outside. The clearance granted to Mr. Zuma is for July 22, 2021. Outside a penal institution, inmates do not need to wear the offender’s uniform. As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr. Zuma’s compassionate care leave request was processed and approved in accordance with correctional requirements, ”Nxumalo explains.
Corrections at Zuma’s request to attend his brother’s funeral: Singabakho Nxumalo
Zuma granted compassionate care leave to attend his brother’s funeral on Thursday – SABC News
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