According to prison officials, ex-South African President Jacob Zuma, who was recently imprisoned for contempt of court, has been given compassionate leave for one day to attend his younger brother’s burial on today, Thursday.
Zuma was imprisoned in Estcourt jail since July 7, when he surrendered to police to complete a 15-month term. The prison is near his rural home in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region of Nkandla, where burial services are likely to occur.
Mr Zuma’s compassionate release application was assessed and accepted since he was a short-term, low-risk categorized detainee.
According to the Department of Correctional Services, they did not compel Zuma to wear an offenders’ uniform when outside prison gates.
The ex-South African President, Jacob Zuma, 79, was jailed late last month for failing to comply with a constitutional court order to testify in an inquiry into high-level corruption during his nine years in government until 2018.
The violence spread across Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, the country’s economic heartland provinces, killing 276 people and damaging hundreds of businesses.
Thousands of soldiers were sent to keep the violence at bay, which was among the deadliest since the ruling African National Congress won the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 to replace white minority rule.
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