Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was jailed for contempt of court, was given a day off to attend his brother’s funeral on Thursday, prison officials said.
Zuma has been held in Estcourt Prison since he was handed over to the authorities on July 7 to serve a 15-month sentence. The prison is located near his rural home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal province, where the funeral is scheduled to take place.
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“As a temporary, low-risk prisoner, a compassionate leave-of-care request has been processed and approved,” the Correctional Department said in a statement, adding that although outside the prison walls, Zuma was not obliged to carry the offender. ‘sare.
Zuma, 79, was convicted late last month of defying a constitutional court order to give evidence in a high-level corruption investigation over a nine-year term in office until 2018.
Protests in support of Zuma repeatedly erupted as Zuma surrendered and became increasingly violent, including looting and arson, which President Cyril Ramaphosa called “rebellion.”
The unrest broke out in KwaZulu-Natal and the province’s economic center, Gauteng, killing 276 people and destroying hundreds of businesses.
Thousands of troops have been sent to help curb the violence, the worst since the ruling African National Congress won South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 to replace the white minority government.