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Jacob Zuma granted compassionate leave from prison to attend brother’s funeral

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been granted permission to attend the funeral of his younger brother, Michael, who is set to be buried on Thursday afternoon.

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“As a short-term, low risk classified inmate, Mr Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved,” correctional services department spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, said on Thursday.

Mr Nxumalo added that inmates need not be in uniform when out of jail.

The former president is currently serving a 15-month sentence in prison for contempt of court.

His jailing sparked unrest in his home province KwaZulu-Natal as well as Gauteng. More than 200 people died and hundreds of shopping centres and businesses were ransacked.

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