SurgeZirc SA has learnt that former President Jacob Zuma has spent his first night at home in Nkandla since being released from a Gauteng hospital on Wednesday.
According to the insider who spoke to TimesLive Zuma’s return was kept low-key since they did not want people flocking to the complex or any ceremony around his return. “He is in his Nkandla home but he will be returning to spend the whole of next week in Johannesburg.
“We are just happy that he is fine and things are somewhat back to normal, though not 100% yet,” said one of the sources with intimate details, who asked not to be named.
The 79-year-old former head of state began serving his sentence in July after being found guilty of contempt of court for failing to obey a Constitutional Court order to appear before the state capture inquiry.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and spent several weeks in the Estcourt Correctional Centre’s medical wing before being transferred to an outside hospital for further treatment.
Msholozi’s relatives had reported that Zuma had been ill since he was “poisoned” in 2014. According to reports, he travelled to Russia to confirm the diagnosis and receive treatment. Arthur Fraser, the chief of correctional services, granted him medical release, and he will serve the remainder of his term at his Nkandla residence.
Due to a frenzy of media enquiries, the foundation wishes to advise that due to security reasons, the discharge of [former] President Zuma from the hospital will not be announced. At the right time, subject to correctional services conditions, further announcements will be made,” said Manyi.
Zuma’s family, friends, and relatives in kwaDakwadunuse had planned a hero’s welcome party for him when he returned. The planned celebrations included a prayer and the slaughter of bulls to thank the ancestors for Zuma’s safe return.
Zuma’s other brother Khanya stated at the time, “Usually when something good happens we slaughter cows to say thank you, but we have not met to discuss how we are going to celebrate.”
On Thursday Khanya said, “I just got a call from my brother Joseph now asking me whether I had gone to see him because he arrived home last night. I told him that I had not heard that he was home already.”
He said he was waiting for his elder brother Joseph to return from Durban. On his return, they will both go to Zuma’s compound to see him. Joseph also confirmed the news. “I am rushing there now to see him. I am very happy he is back safely,” he said.