Jacob Zuma’s family pleads for leave for him to bury his brother

Lungani Zungu

Jacob Zuma’s family is fighting to secure him compassionate leave from jail so he can attend the funeral of his younger brother, Michael, on Thursday.

Michael died last week at Ntunjambili Hospital in Kranskop northern KZN after a long illness. Khanya, Zuma’s other brother, did not reveal what his brother suffered from but he said his wife, maZulu, contracted Covid-19 recently and was in the hospital. 

Khanya told Scrolla.Africa that Michael’s funeral will be incomplete without Gedleyihlekisa, since he is their surviving elder brother.

“We are focusing on burying our brother with dignity with the rest of the family members present, including Jacob,” Khanya said.

He said Zuma and Michael were very close and it would be heartbreaking for him not to be able to bury him.

Zuma’s controversial son Duduzane said he did not know whether his father’s lawyers will apply for him to be released when asked by NewzRoom Africa on Monday.

Bhekizizwe Zuma, the chief of the Zuma clan in Nkandla, said it would be painful if Zuma is not allowed to come out of jail and bury his own brother.

“He needs to close the long chapter they had with Michael. We pray that the people responsible for releasing him will do so.”

Zuma is serving a 15-month jail term after he defied a ConCourt order telling him to appear at the state capture commission of inquiry.