The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma will attend the funeral of his brother Michael Zuma.

Former president Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave.

In a statement, the Department of Correctional Services said: “In line with Section 44 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, former president Jacob Zuma has been granted compassionate leave in order to attend to a family bereavement.

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 22 July 2021.”

The department further said when outside a prison, inmates need not wear offender uniforms.

As the Zuma family was still digesting the news of Zuma's arrest, his brother tragically died after a long illness.


Michael Zuma was a senior member of the Zuma family in Nkandla and had not been well for many years.