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Sport South Africa: Exceptional prison authorization for former President Zuma

13:00  22 july  2021
13:00  22 july  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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L'ancien président sud-africain Jacob Zuma au tribunal de Pietermaritzburg, le 26 mai 2021 © Phill Magakoe former South African President Jacob Zuma at the Court of Pietermaritzburg, May 26, 2021

Ex-President Sud- African Jacob Zuma, imprisoned for corruption in South Africa, will benefit from an exceptional release authorization to attend the funeral of his brother Thursday, announced the prison authorities.

"As a short-term and low-risk prisoner, Mr. Zuma's family leave application was approved," said the Correctional Services Department in a statement Thursday.

The detainees benefiting from these kinds of measures are not required to bear their prisoner uniform outside the correctional facilities, said the statement.

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The funeral of Michael, the brother of Zuma, died at 77 years of a long illness, should take place later this Thursday in Nkandla (East), where the former president is particularly popular.

In South Africa, detainees are generally allowed to attend the funeral of their loved ones, a right denied to the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, when he was imprisoned for combating the apartheid regime.

After nine years in power, Jacob Zuma has been evinced by the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), in 2018, following a series of scandals of bribe occurred during its presidency.

sentenced to 15 months of prison for litter to magistrate last month, after refusing to respond to the investigators, he has been incarcerated since July 8 in a prison in the city of Estcourt, in the east of the country, about a Route time of his rural domicile of Nkandla.

Its incarceration triggered riots and looting that have degenerated in the worst violence since the end of apartheid, making at least 276 deaths, according to the official balance sheet.

Mr ZUMA, nicknamed the "President Teflon" for his ability to escape justice, still has to answer sixteen charges of fraud, corruption and racketeer related to the purchase in 1999, of military equipment from five European arms, while it was vice-president.

The ex-charismatic leader, however, retains fervent supports, both within the ANT and among the general public, especially in its province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN, EST).

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