Jacob Zuma. Image source: Polity.org

Former president Jacob Zuma will be let out of prison on Thursday morning to attend his brother Michael’s funeral at Nkandla.

The 79-year-old former president is serving a 15-month prison term fo content of court.

Correction services said Zuma is considered a “low risk” prisoner.

The former president has been locked up at the Escourt Correctional Centre for the last two weeks.

“As a short-term, low risk classified inmate, Mr. Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved,” said the Department of Correction Services in a terse letter.

Citing the week-long unrest and looting that began as the #FreeZuma campaign, COPE has warned of possible risks if Zuma is let out of prison.


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