#UnrestSA: Could Jub Jub and D

Jub Jub and Duduzane Zuma made controversial comments on looting. Images via Instagram @official_jubjub @duduzanezuma_fp.

#UnrestSA: Could Jub Jub and Duduzane be up for incitement?

With comments such as ‘let them steal’ and ‘loot carefully’, could Jub Jub and Duduzane Zuma be on the hook for incitement?

#UnrestSA: Could Jub Jub and D

Jub Jub and Duduzane Zuma made controversial comments on looting. Images via Instagram @official_jubjub @duduzanezuma_fp.

Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma and television host Molemo Maarohanye, popularly known as Jub Jub, have made controversial comments on the unrest and looting in South Africa earlier this week.

During the course of the week, supporters of Jacob Zuma started riots in KwaZulu-Natal after he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court. The riots soon turned into looting as people complained they had to feed their families. 

However, their needs quickly turned into wants as they started to loot larger items, such as televisions and appliances.

Duduzane Zuma and Jub Jub up for incitement?

Both Jub Jub and Duduzane Zuma have made controversial comments regarding the looting from “let them steal ” to “loot carefully”.

Could they be up for incitement which is defined as “the act of provoking or encouraging unlawful behaviour”? 


In a 34-minute-long video, Uyajalo 9/9 presenter Jub Jub addressed privilege and called out fellow celebrities for being quiet about the looting that had been taking place in the country.

He then went on to say “let them steal if they have to steal”. This led to Moja Love, channel 157 on DStv, releasing a statement in which the channel distances itself from Jub Jub’s comments.

“Let them steal if they have to steal. Let them do whatever because the government has not provided that,” said Jub Jub in the video, basically encouraging looting.


Duduzane Zuma also made controversial comments in an attempt to “calm the situation”. In a video shared to the Instagram page of his friend and campaign manager Winston Innes, Duduzane told people to loot “carefully and responsibly”.

“So for the people that are armed and are defending themselves, please do so responsibly and please do so carefully and similarly for the people that are protesting and looting please do so carefully and please do so responsibly because you cannot hold people responsible for defending what they love,” said Duduzane Zuma. 

Duduzane Zuma’s comments can also be seen as encouraging looting because instead of asking people to spot, he instead asks them to do it carefully and responsibly. 


A social media user took to Twitter to ask the South African Police Services (SAPS) to investigate Jub Jub’s comments for incitement. 

While other Tweeps also called out Duduzane Zuma for incitement.



According to Tech Central, section 14 of the Cybercrimes Act, incitement is an offence.

“Any person who discloses, by means of an electronic communications service, a data message to a person, group of persons or the general public with the intention to incite (a) the causing of any damage to property belonging to; or (b) violence against, a person or a group of persons, is guilty of an offence.” 

So, what is the probability of Jub Jub or Duduzane Zuma facing incitement charges for their comments?

According to The Citizen, it depends on the jurisdiction, some or all types of incitement may be illegal. When illegal, it is considered as an inchoate offence, which is an incomplete crime or preparing or seeking to commit a crime.

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