Jacob Zuma granted compassionate leave to bury his brother

Lungani Zungu

Former president Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave to bury his younger brother, Michael in Nkandla on Thursday.

This was announced by the Correctional Services on Thursday morning. 

Spokesperson of Correctional Services Singabakho Nxumalo said Zuma was granted compassionate leave because he is a low-risk prisoner. 

Zuma’s compassionate release is for Thursday only.

He will go back to the Estcourt prison on Friday to continue his 15-month prison sentence for defying a court order.

“In line with Section 44 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, former president Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave in order to attend to a family bereavement.” 

Nxumalo said a sentenced offender who is granted permission to leave a correctional centre remains a sentenced offender even while temporarily outside. 

“When outside a correctional facility, inmates need not wear offender uniforms,” said Nxumalo.

“As a short-term, low risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved following the correctional services prescripts.”

Zuma’s family has described his compassionate release as a bittersweet moment.  

“We are happy that Nxamalala (Zuma) is temporarily back, but we are sad that we are burying our brother,” Zuma’s younger brother Khanya told Scrolla.Africa.

Michael died last week after a long undisclosed illness. 

His wife, maZulu, was admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19 but is now in Nkandla, preparing to bury her husband. 

Zuma’s first wife maKhumalo, and ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were also in Nkandla ahead of the funeral tomorrow. 

Zuma’s son Duduzane is also expected to attend the funeral.