South Africa lets jailed ex-president Zuma attend brother's funeral

South Africa lets jailed ex-president Zuma attend brother's funeral

NKANDLA, South Africa, July 22 (Reuters) - Former President Jacob Zuma, whose jailing this month led to South Africa's worst outbreak of violence in years, was granted compassionate leave to attend the funeral of his younger brother on Thursday. He was back in prison by the afternoon, the government said. Zuma, wearing a dark suit and white shirt, was flanked by family members as he walked from his homestead to his brother's neighbouring property in Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal province, a Reuters journalist said. Soldiers patrolled nearby and military and police vehicles were stationed along the road. Zuma has been incarcerated at Estcourt prison since handing himself over on July 7 to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. The prison is in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Zuma was granted compassionate leave as he was considered a short-term, low-risk inmate, the department of correctional services said in a statement. Zuma was not required to wear an offenders' uniform outside prison walls, it said. "He was accompanied by correctional officers supported by law enforcement agencies. And we are to confirm that he has …
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