#FreeJacobZuma protests: ‘This is just the beginning,’ says son

Former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward Zuma says the ongoing #FreeJacobZuma protests in KwaZulu-Natal are ‘just the beginning’. Protests continued to rock the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Friday night as ‘Zuma protestors’ continued to block national roads, highways and burn trucks in N3 near the Mooi toll plaza.

From as early as Friday morning, several major roads were closed in KZN namely; the N2, N3 and M7 which is a strategic cargo transit from the Port of Durban towards the inland, including provincial and municipal links.


Zinhle Mngomezulu from Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) confirmed that 19 trucks were torched over night including a truck that carried cars in transit in Mooi River near the toll plaza. This brings the total number to 25, as of Saturday.

A Twitter account that is believed to belong to Zuma, he wrote: “They couldn’t ignore the reality forever, it’s wake up time now, the citizens of the country mean business, they want their president out of jail, kusazoshuba (it’s going to get tough/worse, when loosely translated). This is just the beginning.”

Edward Zuma was also at the forefront of those who tried to prevent his father’s arrest, he went as far as instructing MKMVA to block the gates in his father’s homestead, hours just before he was arrested. He also threatened to burn down a vehicle belonging to a media house during the chaos and unrest in Nkandla.


KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala called for calm and maximum adherence to the rule of law.

“It is reported and believed that the protests are about the incarceration of comrade Jacob Zuma. We understand the extreme anger of the people who are protesting. As a country and as a province we find ourselves in a very unusual and unique situation wherein we are dealing with the arrest of the former president of the ANC and the country.”

Zikalala called on those who are protesting to do so through peaceful means and avoid violence and destructions at all costs.

“We are fully conscious of the anger of the community but unfortunately, violence and destruction often affects and attacks people who are not involved,” Zikalala said.


Presh JM Reporter

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