Edward Zuma and wife

Edward Zuma speaks out about his father’s haters

“We don’t know if he’s alive or not” – Edward Zuma attorneys tell court in hate-speech case

Zuma’s lawyer doesn’t know where his client is.

Edward Zuma and wife

Edward Zuma speaks out about his father’s haters

Jacob Zuma’s sons just can’t seem to shake off the legal troubles. Edward Zuma, the son of the former president, was a no-show on Tuesday at the Durban Equality Court.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has since filed for arrest warrants to be written up against Zuma who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth.

According to a Times Live report (written by Nivashni Nair), Zuma, who has yet to honour his promise to pay the full amount that is owed to Ohlange High School, has failed to communicate his whereabouts nor has he forwarded any reason as to why he has not paid the R12 500 that remains on his R60 000 fine.

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What did Edward Zuma do?

Duduzane’s elder brother got himself into a mess after his hateful comments that were directed at Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, and the current Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan.

The open letter, scribed by the 41-year-old, described Gordhan as a “racist stooge for white monopoly capital”. Hanekom was termed by Zuma as “an Afrikaner askari”.

Of course, following the trouble he got himself into, Zuma retracted his comments and apologised, satisfying the ANC’s Kwa-Zulu Natal regional office.

However, the trouble was not over for him. He faced court action, where he agreed to pay a sum of R30 000 each to two schools — Umthombo Secondary School and Ohlange High School.

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While it is understood that he has honoured the payment of R30 000 to Umthombo Secondary School, he still has to pay the remainder of the fine to the other school.

Zuma granted postponement on hate-speech fine case

His lawyer, Ayanda Mkhwanazi, told the court that he had not heard from Zuma in a long time. After many attempts to try and initiate communication with him via phone calls, text messages and emails, he is not sure whether Zuma is alive or not.

“We don’t know if he’s alive or not,”

Zuma’s attorney told the court.

Magistrate Irfaan Khalil has been asked by Zuma’s attorney for a postponement in the case until he is able to locate his client.

Khalil was compelled to grant this postponement for the reason that Zuma had already paid 80% of the fine.

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“The respondent has admitted that he has done wrong. He has paid R30 000 to one school and R17 500 to the second school. It’s just the R12 500 [outstanding].

“Why would he leave 20% outstanding? It does beg the question,” 

Khalil stated.

Zuma now has until 22 January 2019 to pay the remaining amount.