As former president Jacob Zuma ends his first weekend behind bars, his son Duduzane once again has tongues wagging. Zuma Jr. is speaking out, vowing to fight to get the former president out of prison, while also launching a scathing attack, presumably on the government and African National Congress (ANC).
In a video clip originally shared on Instagram,Duduzane bemoans his father’s incarceration and says there’s more happening in the country that his sole arrest will not solve.
“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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In the five-minute-long clip, Duduzane Zuma also says they are not here to distract from what needs to be done as well as the challenges. He says they all need to be part of “the solution”, whatever that is.
“Now you’re hiding behind the police force, but that very same police force and defence force are members of our communities. You’re turning ordinary society into criminals, you’re forcing people to go and take because they don’t have”
“The next step is you’re going to force law enforcement agents and defence force members to become criminals as well, why? They’re underpaid, you’re not paying well and expect them to come and deal with us and yet these people are the people that come home and break bread with us. Don’t do that, don’t place us in a situation where you leave us no choice but to do what we need to do, that goes for the whole society,” said Zuma.
Here’s how we got here: The State Capture Commission had approached the Constitutional Court after Zuma refused to take the stand and answer to legions of corruption allegations – this was in violation of a previous order granted by the same court. The commission wanted Zuma sentenced to two years behind bars. The highest court in the land then ruled in favour of the commission, finding the former president guilty of contempt and imposed a 15-month prison sentence on him instead.