THURSDAY brought a few hours of freedom for Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was permitted to leave the Estcourt Correctional Centre to attend his brother Michael’s funeral.
Zuma was accompanied by a convoy of vehicles to the Nkandla funeral, which he had been granted permission to attend on compassionate grounds.
Zuma’s convoy was saluted by MKMVA soldiers manning the roadblock on the road leading to his late brother Michael Zuma’s home, where his funeral was held.
Although there had been concerns that Zuma’s supporters might try to prevent him from returning to prison, Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said at a 4.30pm press briefing that he had already returned without incident.
There were no reports of unrest related to Michael Zuma’s funeral or Jacob Zuma’s appearance at it.
Ntshavheni said that Zuma had been accompanied by “correctional officers supported by law enforcement agencies”.