Jailed former President Jacob Zuma has applied to the Department of Correctional Services for permission to attend the funeral of his brother, Michael, in Nkandla today – a request that is understood to have created a security nightmare for prison authorities, who have had to come up with a comprehensive security plan before considering the application.

There are concerns that supporters of the former President might clash with security officials at the funeral, says a Mail & Guardian report.

Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed the application was ‘under consideration’ and that a decision on whether or not to allow Zuma to attend would be taken before the funeral was held.

A source in the department, reportedly told the M&G it was ‘very likely’ that Zuma would be allowed to attend.

‘The factors taken into consideration are the relationship to the deceased, the offence committed by the offender, and the behaviour of the offender. The former President meets all these criteria,’ the source said.

‘It is likely that they will only confirm that he is attending on Thursday, very soon before the funeral takes place, or even after, to avoid people coming there.’

Full Mail & Guardian report