‘Zom­bie’ re­mark up­sets Zuma’s son Ed­ward

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PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma’s son Ed­ward says he isn’t ac­cept­ing the apol­ogy of a Lo­tus FM ra­dio per­son­al­ity for call­ing his fa­ther a “zom­bie” and an “un­e­d­u­cated crea­ture” on so­cial me­dia.

Ed­ward Zuma yes­ter­day told The Star’s sis­ter pa­per, The Mercury, that he would leave the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence cur­rently tak­ing place in Sowe­toto open a crim­i­nal case against Ravi Govender at a Dur­ban po­lice sta­tion.

This comes af­ter Govender posted on Face­book: “Just heard a Zom­bie Zuma giv­ing a speech on the news. Mas­sacring the beau­ti­ful English lan­guage… Un­e­d­u­cated crea­ture. Even the other mo­ron Mu­gabe speaks much bet­ter.”

In a state­ment con­demn­ing the post, Ed­ward said that over the years, his fam­ily had “en­dured hu­mil­i­a­tion that can­not be de­scribed as a re­sult of many in­sults from ra­dio pre­sen­ters, jour­nal­ists, colum­nists and car­toon­ists, aimed at tar­nish­ing the im­age of my fa­ther…”

Govender has since deleted the post and apol­o­gised. “Yes­ter­day, (Fri­day) I posted a com­ment that spoke about two politi­cians. Some felt it was in­cit­ing and ill-said. Sorry if you felt so, as I have al­ways been neu­tral as far as pol­i­tics go and will al­ways re­main so. So, if you were of­fended, heart­felt apolo­gies.

“I’ve loved English all my life. I know it’s not his (Ja­cob Zuma’s) first lan­guage, my point was about the way it came across, it had no feel­ings, no emo­tions, that’s where the word zom­bie came in. It was not a per­sonal at­tack.”

But Ed­ward wasn’t buy­ing it, say­ing he had no prob­lem with peo­ple who crit­i­cised his fa­ther on gov­er­nance is­sues, but he took ex­cep­tion to per­sonal in­sults.

“That com­ment de­graded Zuma, the hu­man be­ing, the fa­ther.

“The fact that this per­son (Govender) works for a ra­dio sta­tion means his un­fair in­sults could reach thou­sands of peo­ple, in­sults my fa­ther will never have the op­por­tu­nity to de­fend him­self against.”

He called for Govender’s em­ploy­ers to take ac­tion, or else he would hold them li­able.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago said they would be look­ing at whether Govender’s com­ments brought the or­gan­i­sa­tion into dis­re­pute. “When you are a per­son­al­ity at a ra­dio sta­tion you have to un­der­stand that you are al­ways car­ry­ing the brand.”

Kganyago said the views ex­pressed were not those of Lo­tus FM or the SABC. He said it was also not for them to com­ment on the pend­ing le­gal ac­tion.

Govender said in­volv­ing his em­ploy­ers was not fair as it was “mess­ing with my liveli­hood. I posted it on my own per­sonal page, it has noth­ing to do with my em­ployer,” he said.

He added that he had re­ceived death threats, and did not know what else to do to make peo­ple un­der­stand that he did not mean to hurt any­one.

“I have done ev­ery­thing I can to put this be­hind me. It’s sad at the way that this has gone. I think I’m be­ing made a scape­goat, to make an ex­am­ple,” he said.

UP­SET: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s el­dest son Ed­ward Zuma wants to take le­gal ac­tion.

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