South Africa’s jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma was granted compassionate leave from prison on Thursday so he can attend his brother’s funeral, the government said.
Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court last month after snubbing graft investigators probing his presidency.
He turned himself in on July 8 at a jail in the eastern town of Estcourt, around an hour’s drive from his rural Nkandla home.
His arrest sparked riots and looting that escalated into the worst violence since the end of apartheid, killing at least 276 people, according to the official count.
It added that inmates were not required to wear “offender uniform” outside correctional facilities.
The funeral for Zuma’s brother Michael is expected to take place later on Thursday in Nkandla, where Zuma is particularly popular.
Zuma’s brother died aged 77 after a long illness, according to local media.
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