Jailed Zuma allowed to attend brother's burial on Thursday

Zuma does not have to wear a prison uniform while on “compassionate leave."

In Summary

• The former president is currently serving a 15-month sentence in prison for contempt of court.

• His jailing sparked unrest in his home province KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng - where more than 200 people died.

Former president Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt
Former president Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt
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Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been granted permission to attend the burial of his younger brother, Michael, who is set to be buried on Thursday afternoon.

"As a short-term, low risk classified inmate, Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved," Correctional Services department spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, said on Thursday.

Zuma does not have to wear a prison uniform while on “compassionate leave”, with Nxumalo noting that inmates need not be in uniform when out of jail.

The former president is currently serving a 15-month sentence in prison for contempt of court.

His jailing sparked unrest in his home province KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng - where more than 200 people died and hundreds of shopping centres and businesses were ransacked.