Former President Jacob Zuma is a lucky man, the disgraced jail bird has been granted compassionate leave to attend his brother’s funeral.
The Correctional Services Department released a statement on Thursday morning confirming the decision but it said that a sentenced offender remained a sentenced offender even when temporarily outside.
Zuma will be allowed to attend his brother’s funeral and the department said that he would not be required to wear his prison uniform.
“A sentenced offender who’s granted permission to leave a correctional centre remains a sentenced offender even while temporarily outside. This permission granted to Mr Zuma is for the 22nd of July, 2021. When outside the correctional facility, inmates need not wear offender uniform, as a short-term, low-risk classified inmate,” the department’s Singabakho Nxumalo.
Zuma is serving 15 months behind bars for being in contempt of court over his refusal to cooperate with the state capture inquiry that he set up.