Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma granted compassionate leave from prison

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On a two-day state visit in France, former South African President Jacob Zuma makes a statement next to the French President Francois Hollande during a joint press conference at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 11, 2016 in Paris, France. /Chesnot/Getty Images

Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave from prison in order to attend his brother’s funeral on Thursday.

Michael Zuma died last week following a long illness.

In a statement, South Africa’s Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services said, “a sentenced offender who is granted permission to leave a correctional centre, remains a sentenced offender even while temporarily outside. The permission granted to Mr. Zuma is for July 22.”

While outside the correctional facility on Thursday, Zuma will not be needed to wear the offender uniform.

“As a short-term, low-risk classified inmate, Mr. Zuma’s application for compassionate leave was processed and approved following the correctional services prescript,” the statement read.

Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence after defying the Constitutional Court’s order which compelled him to appear and give evidence at the state capture commission in February.

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