The Department of Correctional Services says it has not made a decision on whether to allow former president Jacob Zuma to be released from prison to attend the funeral of his younger brother, Michael.
This is after reports emerged that Zuma had applied for compassionate leave in terms of Section 44 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.
Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told The Citizen on Wednesday that the matter was still being considered.
“A decision on Mr Zuma’s request has not been made yet. We are still awaiting the outcome on the matter,” Nxumalo said.
On 11 July, it was announced that the former president’s younger brother had passed away.
According to TimesLive, Michael died at around 11am on Sunday after battling a long illness.
The news came in the same week that Zuma started serving his prison sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, after he handed himself over to the authorities.