But correctional services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said he should apply first, which he has not done.
Former President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Abigail Javier/EWN
JOHANNESBURG – The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services said that, like all other detainees, former President Jacob Zuma was entitled to merciful leave to attend his brother’s funeral.
But correctional services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said he had to apply first, which he had not done.
Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Services facility for breaching the law when he refused to appear before the commission investigating corruption and fraud in the public sector.
Zuma’s brother Michael passed away on Sunday after a long illness and the family decided to bury him on Thursday.
On care leave, detainees are temporarily released to attend the funerals of relatives.
It is not clear how long Zuma will be released if he files the application.
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