Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, says former President Jacob Zuma is being treated as an ordinary prisoner - reiterating that he was not given preferential treatment.
This after Zuma was granted compassionate leave in order to attend to a family bereavement.
Zuma filed the application to attend the funeral of
his brother, Michael - who passed away last week following a long illness.
His funeral service is expected to take place in Nkandla today.
The former president is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at the Estcourt Correctional Centre.
Lamola says Zuma's request was processed in line with the Correctional Services regulations: "It was received by the department and the national commissioner did process the request, like for any other prisoner.
The assessment was done and followed in terms of Section 44A and after the department made the assessment they decided to grant him the permission."
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