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The convoy of imprisoned former president Jacob Zuma arrives at his homestead in Nkandla as he has been permitted to attend the funeral of his late brother Michael Zuma who handed away final week. (Photo: provided)

Jacob Zuma, who’s serving a 15-month sentence at Estcourt Correctional Centre, travelled dwelling to Nkandla after being granted compassionate depart to attend his youthful brother’s funeral.

Wearing a navy blue suit and tie and underneath armed guard, former president Jacob Zuma was escorted about 200 kilometres from his jail cell in Estcourt Correctional Centre to Nkandla on Thursday morning to attend his brother’s funeral.

Heavy police and military presence was reported round Nkandla forward of the funeral. 

Zuma’s brother, Michael, died a week in the past, following a lengthy sickness.

As with any prisoner when outdoors a correctional facility, the previous president was not required to wear jail fatigues, mentioned the Department of Correctional Services’ assertion. 

“As a short-term, low risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved following the Correctional Services prescripts,” mentioned the Department of Correctional Services by a assertion. 

Convoy of imprisoned former president Jacob Zuma arrives at his homestead kwaNxamalala in Nkandla as he has been permitted to attend the funeral of his late brother Michael Zuma, who handed away final week. Photo:Supplied

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for defying a Constitutional Court order to seem earlier than the Zondo Commission of inquiry into State Capture. 

On 8 July, Zuma handed himself over to police, regardless of his supporters, together with his son, Edward, arguing he needn’t comply “because he’s done nothing wrong”. 

Prior to the approval of Zuma’s utility to attend the funeral, Congress of the People (Cope) issued a assertion urging the Department of Correctional Services to be “cautious”. 

In granting Zuma compassionate depart, Cope mentioned they had been involved about “a situation where the supporters of Zuma refuse to let him go back to prison”. 

“Will the security forces be up to the task to get him back to prison without spilling blood?” queried Cope’s assertion.

“We’re a humane society and there’s nothing untoward with allowing Zuma to attend the funeral,” mentioned Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution. Providing safety companies can make sure the funeral doesn’t breach Covid-19 rules and ensures Zuma’s security, then all protocols needs to be so as, added Naidoo. 

The Jacob Zuma Foundation tweeted that media wouldn’t be allowed within the precinct of the funeral service, together with the place of burial. “The Zuma Family wants to mourn and lay to rest their loved one in privacy,” learn the tweet.

South Africa is presently underneath adjusted Level 4, that means solely a most of fifty folks might attend a funeral at anybody time. 

The Mail & Guardian reported that the timing of the funeral wouldn’t be publicised in order to keep away from a mass gathering of supporters. 

In the times main up to Zuma’s imprisonment, his dwelling in Nkandla was surrounded by teams of supporters.

Following Zuma’s arrest, violent protests and looting ensued in elements of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng. President Cyril Ramaphosa has branded the unrest — lasting greater than a week — as an “attempted insurrection”. 

The violence and looting that gripped KZN — Zuma’s dwelling province — and Gauteng left no less than 234 folks lifeless. At the time of writing, 3,407 folks have been arrested for his or her involvement in final week’s violence, together with former Ukhozi FM presenter Ngizwe Mchunu.

ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal have continued to be divided over Zuma’s imprisonment. The occasion’s provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli has described Ramaphosa’s “failed insurrection” assertion as an “exaggeration”. Meanwhile, eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has refused to take down his social media posts calling for Zuma’s launch.

But the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has distanced itself from marches calling for Zuma’s launch, deliberate for 22 July. Despite the ANC’s emblem adorning posters promoting the marches, the occasion’s provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntombela, mentioned the marches had been organised by people and not the provincial construction.

Zuma’s compassionate depart comes two days after Judge Piet Koen agreed to postpone the Arms Deal trial to subsequent month.  Zuma is accused of receiving 791 funds, totalling R4.1-million between 1995 and 2004, from his former monetary advisor Schabir Shaik and Shaik’s firms, to assist French agency Thales (accused quantity two) safe profitable defence contracts from the South African authorities as a part of the nation’s 1999 multi-billion rand armaments deal. DM

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