Former President Jacob Zuma applied for compassionate leave on Tuesday. The Department of Correctional Services now confirmed he had been granted permission “to attend to a family bereavement”.
Compassionate leave granted
The leave was granted due to Zuma being considered as a “short-term, low-risk classified inmate”. The department said the permission is only granted for 22 July.
“A sentenced offender who is granted permission to leave a correction centre, remains a sentenced offender even while temporarily outside”.
The former president is currently serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court after refusing to return and testify at the State Capture Inquiry.
“When outside a correctional facility, inmates need not to wear offender uniform”.
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Zuma’s application for leave
Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told The Citizen on Wednesday the department was “still awaiting the outcome on the matter”.
Michael – who passed away on 11 July – will be laid to rest Thursday at his KwaNxamalala home.
Additional reporting by Molefe Seeletsa