S. Africa lets jailed ex-president Zuma attend brother’s funeral

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma, whose jailing this month led to the country’s worst outbreak of violence in years, was granted compassionate leave to attend the funeral of his younger brother on Thursday.

Zuma wore a dark suit and a white shirt and was flanked by family members as he walked to his brother's neighboring property in Nkandla.

Soldiers patrolled nearby and military and police vehicles were stationed along the road.

The government said he was back in prison by the afternoon.

79-year-old Zuma has been incarcerated at Estcourt prison since handing himself over on July 7 to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

He was sentenced last month for defying a constitutional court order to give evidence at an inquiry investigating high-level corruption during his nine years in office until 2018.

Protests by his supporters broke out when Zuma handed himself over and it escalated into riots involving looting and arson that President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as an "insurrection."

The unrest swept across Kwa-Zulu Natal province and spread to the country's economic heartland where Johannesburg is located, with officials saying the death toll had risen to 337.

Thousands of soldiers were deployed to help quell the violence, which was among the worst since the current governing body won South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 to replace white minority rule.

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