Family has nothing to say – Edward
WITH expectations mounting that President Jacob Zuma will step down as head of state, his son Edward Zuma said the family had nothing to do with ANC and government processes and that democratically elected leadership is not akin to a monarchy.
When asked about the family’s thoughts on the president’s seemingly looming exit, Edward distanced the family from the issue, repeatedly asking what the Zumas had to do with ANC and government affairs.
“The family does not meddle in the affairs of the government and the ANC. If you want to talk about matters concerning the government and the ANC there are people who speak on behalf of them, we don’t have anything to do with their matters.
“We don’t have the right (to speak on behalf of the ANC and government), because as a family we are also members of the ANC and we subscribe to the rules of the ANC and we can’t just talk,” Edward said.
On Friday, Edward issued a statement on behalf of the family, promising to investigate Instagram comments attributed to Zuma’s wife Thobeka Madiba Zuma.
Yesterday, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s confidante and longtime friend James Motlatsi criticised the Zuma family after Madiba Zuma’s attack on Ramaphosa.
Madiba Zuma jumped to the defence of her embattled husband saying that “things were about to get ugly”, giving an indication that Zuma is not going anywhere without a fight in an Instagram post on Friday.
Accompanied with a picture of the two, the caption read “Kuzoshuba ungalwi nomuntu ongalwi nawe”, which loosely translated means: “It’s going to get tough/ugly, don’t fight with someone who is not fighting you.”
Speaking to Independent Media yesterday, Motlatsi said Jacob Zuma and his family always believed they were above the country and above the ANC and saw no fault in their actions.
“It doesn’t surprise me that she made such comments because JZ (Zuma) once said that the ANC was above the country. Since he believes he is above the ANC, he doesn’t see anything wrong with the allegations against him and neither does his family.
“They think we must pay some allegiance to him but we are saying no,” Motlatsi said.
Motlatsi described the incident as “unfortunate” but said he had not had time to discuss it with Ramaphosa.
He said Zuma classified Ramaphosa as a spy for Western capitalists and during the course of last year, Motlatsi said, he encouraged Zuma to provide evidence.
“Now his wife is joining the chorus. In South Africa we are hungry and thirsty for unity. When there is unity we will be able to map up our economic growth but JZ and his family are trying to destroy it,” Motlatsi said.
With more than 93 000 followers and some 1 200 posts on her Instagram account (firstladytzuma), Madiba Zuma can most certainly be called a social (media) butterfly.
She may have used her most recent post to throw shade on Ramaphosa, but Madiba Zuma’s account displays, in the most part, her love for her family and husband.
Thobeka Madiba Zuma