The younger brother of former president Jacob Zuma, Michael Zuma, has died after a long illness.

HE DIED AT AROUND 11AM ON SUNDAY

According to a report by TimesLIVE sources close to the family confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Michael died at around 11am.

Zuma’s 77-year-old brother Khanya confirmed Michael’s death.

“He was old. He had not been OK for many years. He was younger than me and JZ. There is a dark cloud. I am going to Mike’s house now. I am sure they have told JZ already,” the publication quoted Khanya

Meanwhile, Zuma’s son, Duduzane has caused yet again another stir.

In a video clip initially shared on Instagram,Duduzane laments his father’s incarceration.

“You think you’re locking up an individual that is a being on his own, that’s not the case. You’re locking up someone that carries a light for people, you’re locking up someone that is the embodiment of what coming from nothing and becoming somebody in life is about,” he said.

“You’ve tried to kill him and you’ve forced him to resign, which he did, he’s minding his own business and you continue hounding him. You’ve charged him but you haven’t followed the due processes as much as you claim that you have when it comes to the judiciary, unfortunately.” 

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This comes as the violent protests by the so-called “Zuma-supporters” turned deadly. 

Police confirmed on Sunday that one person has been shot dead, following a wave of rioting and looting across several South African provinces. These protests have been raging all weekend, turning deadly on Saturday night.

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA HAS SPOKEN OUT

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been silent on matters pertaining to the ongoing saga involving Zuma’s conviction and subsequent defiance of the Constitutional Court arrest order, and also declined to weigh in on Zuma’s High Court challenge or ultimate arrest on Wednesday night. 

On Saturday, Ramaphosa finally spoke out about the unfolding drama. 

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on communities in KwaZulu-Natal to desist from undermining the rule of law and inflicting damage on the economy,” the Presidency said in a statement

“President Ramaphosa says the impact of public violence against the road freight industry and damage to freeways that serve as economic arteries will be felt also by the people organising and committing these crimes.”

The Presidency added that Ramaphosa says that “the reasons allegedly advanced for the violence in KwaZulu-Natal cannot be used to legitimise vandalism and public violence”.

ALSO READ: Jacob Zuma latest: Ramaphosa breaks silence as KZN protests escalate

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Presh JM Reporter

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