Accordin to the Democratic Alliance, the Department of Correctional Services gave Jacob Zuma 'favourable treatment' by allowing him to attend a funeral on Thursday, which the DA described as "discriminatory treatment."
Zuma's younger brother Michael passed away earlier this month as a result of a long-term illness. The former president sought for compassionate leave in order to attend the memorial service, and the Department of Civil Service granted him the leave. The 79-year-old was released from his prison cell in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, today — and was even permitted to visit his family in Nkandla, South Africa.
Jacob Zuma, according to the Justice Ministry, is a low-risk, short-term detainee. However, despite the fact that they are sure that JZ poses no threat to security, the shadow minister for Correctional Services holds a completely different point of view. Deputy Prime Minister James Selfe has slammed his political opponents, claiming that the temporary release of Msholozi will only lead to more turmoil.
The riots that erupted across KZN and Gauteng were initially assumed to have been sparked by anti-Zuma feeling, but they quickly developed into something far more serious and widespread. It is Selfe's belief that there are still riot instigators who wish to take advantage of uBaba's release from prison, and he questions why already-stressed state resources are now being "abused"
A second source of fear for Selfe is that big masses will converge to support the Zuma family, potentially leading to a'superspreader event.'
There is a very strong probability that Mr. Zuma's participation at the funeral, as well as the current dangerous situation in KZN, would exacerbate the disturbance even further,” said the spokesperson. A considerable presence of security personnel will be required to avoid unrest, which is unjustified given the fact that security forces are needed elsewhere to restore order and avert chaos.
“The decision to release Zuma is in conflict with DCS's earlier determinations,” the statement reads.
It appears that he is receiving preferential treatment once again — as if there is one set of rules for the wealthy and well-connected, and another set of rules for the rest of us. Previously, no relatives were permitted to attend funerals at all; however, DCS is asking this occasion to be a super-spreader.”
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