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Allowing Zuma to attend brother’s funeral is a security risk

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Zuma is serving a 15-month prison sentence in Estcourt Prison in KwaZulu-Natal for violating the orders of the State Commission and the Constitutional Court.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma. Image: Sethembiso Zulu / Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN – As former President Jacob Zuma waits to hear if he will be allowed to attend his brother’s funeral, the Congress of the People (Cope) on Wednesday warned the Department of Correctional Services not to make an emotional decision in the case.

Zuma is serving a 15-month prison sentence in Estcourt Prison in KwaZulu-Natal for violating the orders of the State Commission and the Constitutional Court.

His brother Michael passed away last week and the former president has now applied for maternity leave so he can attend his funeral in Nkandla on Thursday.

However, Cope has warned that allowing Zuma to attend the funeral could pose a security risk.

“If media reports are true that former President Jacob Zuma has applied to the correctional department to attend the funeral of his late brother Michael Zuma, who passed away a few days ago, we ask decision-makers to exercise caution,” he said. the party in a statement.

It also admits that this will be a difficult decision: “We envision a situation where Zuma’s supporters refuse to let him go back to prison. Will the security forces be able to handle the task of getting him back to prison without spilling blood? ?”

Cope has called on the ministry to make a “decision that is in the best interest of the Zuma family and the country”.

The department said earlier that there are a number of factors to consider in the context of Penitentiary Services.

Spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said: “The former president has brought an application to our attention and it is now being considered in accordance with Section 24(1)(a) of the Correctional Service Act and once a result is known we will make the public. “

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