Jacob Zuma 'in good health and spirit', says KZN premier at Nkandla funeral
KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala has lauded the department of correctional services for allowing former president Jacob Zuma to attend his late brother's funeral in Nkandla.
Michael Zuma, 77, died on July 11 after battling an illness for almost seven years.
His body arrived in a hearse at his KwaNxamalala home on Thursday morning and was laid to rest at a private funeral attended by his older brother, who is now serving a 15-month prison sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre.
Zikalala, who attended the funeral and met with Zuma, lauded the decision by the department to allow him to attend the funeral and added that “Nxamalala” looked well and healthy.
“He is in good health, in good spirit. He came to be part of the funeral and pay his last respects to his younger brother.
“I think we should applaud and thank the correctional services for ensuring that he participates in the sending off of his younger brother,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal premier Mr @sziks says the former president is well and in good health@PresJGZuma was granted compassionate leave by the Department of Correctional Services to attend the burial of his brother, Michael in #nkandla.#kzn#ZumaArrest@TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/oosdLFldoY— 📝 TIMES_5 i v ē™ (@Mluleki_TZ5) July 22, 2021
Zuma began serving his sentence on July 8, having handed himself over to authorities at Estcourt after failing to appear before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.
He is expected to return to the correctional facility later on Thursday.