The funeral for Zuma’s brother, Michael, who died after an extended sickness, will happen in Nkandla.
South Africa’s jailed former President Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate go away for someday to attend the funeral of his youthful brother, jail authorities mentioned.
Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for contempt of court docket final month after snubbing fraud investigators probing his presidency from 2009 till 2018.
He has been jailed at Estcourt jail since handing himself over to authorities within the early hours of July 8. The jail is near his rural home at Nkandla within the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, the place funeral proceedings for Zuma’s brother, Michael, are anticipated to be held on Thursday.
“As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved,” the Department of Correctional Services mentioned in a press release, including that whereas outdoors the jail, Zuma was not required to put on the offenders’ uniform.
Inmates in South Africa are often allowed to attend family members’ funerals – a proper denied to the nation’s first Black President Nelson Mandela when he was in jail for combating the apartheid regime.
Zuma’s brother died aged 77 after an extended sickness, in accordance with native media.
Sporadic pro-Zuma protests broke out when Zuma handed himself over and escalated into riots involving looting and arson that President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as an “insurrection”.
The unrest swept throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal and the nation’s financial heartland province of Gauteng, killing 276 individuals and destroying a whole bunch of companies.
Thousands of troopers have been deployed to assist quell the violence, among the many worst for the reason that ruling African National Congress (ANC) gained South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 to exchange white minority rule.
Zuma’s long-running corruption trial is anticipated to renew on August 10, regardless of his request to have the case postponed as a result of pandemic and up to date unrest.
He faces 16 expenses of fraud, corruption and racketeering, and has entered a not responsible plea.
He retains a fervent help base, each throughout the ANC and among the many common public.