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World Jailed Zuma to attend brother's funeral

09:10  22 july  2021
09:10  22 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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South Africa' s former president Jacob Zuma , in jail for contempt of court, has been granted compassionate leave for one day to attend the funeral of his younger brother on Thursday, prison authorities said. Zuma has been incarcerated at Estcourt prison since handing himself over to authorities on July 7 to serve a 15-month sentence. The prison is close to his rural home at Nkandla in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province where funeral proceedings are expected to be held, read more . "As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma ' s application for compassionate leave was processed

Jacob Zuma was jailed on Wednesday, July 7, for 15-months for contempt of court. However, as of Thursday, July 15, the former head of state was yet to apply for compassionate leave to attend his younger brother ' s funeral . Zuma 's brother , Michael, breathed his last on the morning of Sunday, July 10, after a long illness.

South Africa's jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma was granted compassionate leave from prison on Thursday so he can attend his brother's funeral, the government said.

Jacob Zuma wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Zuma retains a hard-core following within South Africa's ruling ANC, even though his presidency was tainted by corruption scandals © Emmanuel Croset Zuma retains a hard-core following within South Africa's ruling ANC, even though his presidency was tainted by corruption scandals

Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court last month after snubbing graft investigators probing his presidency.

He turned himself in on July 8 at a jail in the eastern town of Estcourt, around an hour's drive from his rural Nkandla home.

His incarceration sparked riots and looting that escalated into the worst violence since the end of apartheid, killing at least 276 people, according to the official count.

S Africa lets jailed ex-President Zuma attend brother’s funeral

  S Africa lets jailed ex-President Zuma attend brother’s funeral The funeral for Zuma’s brother, Michael, who died after a long illness, will take place in Nkandla.Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court last month after snubbing fraud investigators probing his presidency from 2009 until 2018.

Zuma ' s brother never supported corruption.

Pro- Zuma protesters first took to the streets after the 79-year-old handed himself to authorities on Wednesday to begin a 15-month sentence. But police now say criminals are taking advantage of the chaos, which spread from his home province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The jailing of a former president is unprecedented in South Africa, which has been gripped by Zuma ' s legal turmoil.

"As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma's application for compassionate leave was processed and approved," the department of correctional services said in a statement Thursday.

It added that inmates were not required to wear "offender uniform" outside correctional facilities.

The funeral for Zuma's brother Michael is expected to take place later on Thursday in Nkandla, where Zuma is particularly popular.

Zuma's brother died aged 77 after a long illness, according to local media.

Inmates in South Africa are usually allowed to attend relatives' funerals -- a right denied to the country's first black president Nelson Mandela when he was in jail for fighting the apartheid regime.

After nine years in office, Zuma was ousted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in 2018 over a series of graft scandals that arose during his presidency.

The charismatic ex-leader retains a fervent support base both within the ANC and among the general public.

Zuma is also on trial for allegedly taking kickbacks from an arms deal with several international companies in 1999, when he was deputy president.

He fervently denies any wrongdoing.

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