South Africa’s Ex-President Jacob Zuma, Granted Compassionate Leave (Read Details)

Ex-President Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave to attend brother’s funeral.

Zuma, who was arrested two weeks ago, is serving his 15-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Services Centre after being convicted by the Constitutional Court for defying its order for him to appear before the Zondo Commission investigating state capture and corruption.

Zuma’s younger brother, Michael, died last week following a long illness and will be buried in Nkandla on Thursday.


In line with Section 44 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, Former President Jacob Zuma, has been granted compassionate leave in order to attend to a family bereavement.

A sentenced offender who is granted permission to leave a correctional centre, remains a sentenced offender even while temporarily outside. The permission granted to Mr Zuma is for 22 July 2021.

When outside a correctional facility, inmates need not to wear offender uniform.

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

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