Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that Duduzile Zuma-Sambdula ‘is one of about a dozen suspects’ who the police will be investigating for inciting riots online. Jacob Zuma’s daughter has shot to notoriety since her father was arrested, and has been posting a stream of inflammatory content relating to the widespread unrest in South Africa.

Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla ‘under investigation’

Both KZN and Gauteng have come under attack over the past few days, as those partaking in the riots are also getting involved in the looting of stores. Hundreds of businesses have been ransacked since the weekend, with poverty-stricken citizens using this opportunity to stock up on certain goods.

What started as a political protest has evolved into a broader issue, with some looters claiming they are gatvol with unemployment levels and a lack of state support for those claiming social grants. Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla has sought to weaponise these feelings of discontent, amplifying dangerous messages to tens of thousands of online followers.

Bheki Cele confirms Zuma’s daughter ‘on his watchlist’

During a media briefing on Tuesday, Bheki Cele explained that ‘no-one is above the law’, and that Duduzile forms part of a cohort that is now being investigated by SAPS. If found guilty of any wrongdoing, a criminal charge can be filed against Zuma’s daughter – and she could even end up following her old man into a prison cell, pending her arrest.

“We’re trying to trace inflammatory posts fueling violence on social media, and that means we are now looking at 10 to 12 people including Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla. When you break the law, it doesn’t matter who you are. These are all people who are inciting violence on social media, and they will not be spared.”

Bheki Cele

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Presh JM Reporter

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