Jacob Zuma entitled to compassionate leave to attend brother’s funeral

Jacob zuma and his brother Mike
Jacob zuma and his brother Mike

The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) said Zuma had the right to attend his brother’s funeral.

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.

“The former president is yet to apply for compassionate leave,” said department of correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo on Tuesday

“We don’t know whether he [Zuma] will be there or not. I did tell his wife Bongi Ngema-Zuma about the application, but I am not sure whether she did it or not. We will see,” said the family elder.

According to Section 44 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, an inmate is allowed to attend a funeral outside of prison after applying for a temporary absence.

South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights on Wednesday said it will be putting pressure on the government to release Zuma.

“Zuma must not be denied his rights as protected by the constitution to attend the funeral of his loved one. He must not be treated like a hardcore criminal,” said Golden Miles Bhudu.

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