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Correctional Services accused of giving Jacob Zuma ‘special treatment’ | Muhabarishaji News

The DA has launched a scathing attack against the Department of Correctional Services, accusing them of giving Jacob Zuma ‘favourable treatment’ by letting him attend a funeral on Thursday.

Has Jacob Zuma received special treatment from jail officials?

Zuma lost his younger brother Michael to a long-term illness earlier this month. The former president applied for compassionate leave to go to the memorial, and sure enough, DCS granted him compassionate leave. The 79-year-old left his prison cell in Estcourt, KZN today – and was even allowed to visit his family at home in Nkandla.

The Justice Ministry says Jacob Zuma is a low-risk, short-term inmate. But although they are adamant JZ poses no threat to security, the shadow minister of Correctional Services has an entirely different view. James Selfe has lambasted his opposite numbers, saying that the temporary release of Msholozi ‘may only lead to more unrest’.

Funeral fears over public safety

The riots which sprung up across KZN and Gauteng were first thought to have been driven by pro-Zuma sentiment, before they escalated into something much bigger. Selfe believes that there are still riot instigators who want to take advantage of uBaba’s leave from prison, and questions why already-stretched state resources are now ‘being abused’.

  • Selfe is also concerned that large crowds will gather to support the Zuma family, creating a ‘superspreader event’.

“The current volatile situation in KZN is anything but low risk, and there is a very strong possibility of this funeral and Mr. Zuma’s presence causing more unrest. There will have to be a significant presence of the security forces to prevent unrest, which is not justified, since the security forces are required elsewhere to restore order and prevent chaos.”

“The decision to release Zuma is inconsistent with the previous determinations by DCS. It seems that once more, he is being granted special treatment – it’s as if there is one law for the rich and connected, and another law for the rest of us. Previously, no relatives at all were allowed to attend funerals, yet DCS is inviting this occasion to be a super-spreader.”

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