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Zuma Still In High Spirits, Says KZN Premier

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Despite being in prison for two weeks, former president Jacob Zuma is in high spirits.

This is according to KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, who held a meeting with him in Nkandla on Thursday.

Zuma, who on Thursday was temporarily released from prison, attended the funeral of his brother, Michael, in Nkandla.

Zikalala, who was one of the high-profile mourners who attended the funeral, said Zuma did not show any signs of depression.
“He is in good health,” he said.

Journalists, who had camped outside Zuma’s Nkandla homestead since Thursday morning, were barred from attending the funeral service held at Michael’s home a stone’s throw away from the former president’s residence.

The former president is currently saving a 15-month jail term for defying a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission investigating state capture.

Zikalala, who recently came under criticism after appealing to President Cyril Ramaphosa to pardon Zuma, on Thursday said he had left the matter to the “relevant authorities” to decide.

Zuma attended his brother’s funeral a few days after people claiming to be his supporters looted businesses and vandalised property in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Zikalala said the matter of the riots was not discussed during the meeting with Zuma.
“But I’m sure he is very concerned,” he said.

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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