There’s no doubt that Duduzane Zuma is a highly ambitious person – but he’s also not that well-equipped when it comes to reading the room. The son of a former president previously denied ‘having a silver spoon in his mouth’, despite using his family status to get in well with the Gupta brothers. This weekend, Zuma Jnr engaged in another political faux-pas.
Leaders of the ANC’s ward 11 in KwaMashu, eThekwini, met with Duduzane Zuma on Saturday. The controversial figure has told the local branch that he wants to be their chairman – thus allowing him a route into the ruling party’s senior structures, to bolster his bid to become the next president of South Africa.
However, large crowds convened at the gathering sparking fears of a potential ‘super-spreader event’ in KZN. The province is already battling with an outbreak of the dangerous Delta variant, and later this evening, we are expecting almost all group gatherings to be outlawed. Duduzane, however, was happy to throw caution to the wind…
Duduzane Zuma had another super spreader rally in KZN yesterday. Campaigning for the ANC, but no ANC leadership in KZN is aware of his multiple rallies across the length and breath of KZN. He also has another packed week of campaigning ahead for the “ANC” pic.twitter.com/G2o6foo55P— Goolam (@goolammv) June 27, 2021
The son of Jacob Zuma has made no bones about his desire to become the president, and he’s happy to directly challenge Cyril Ramaphosa. Famously, the current president and Msholozi are on bad terms, after Zuma was forced to resign from his position in February 2018 – and it seems that ‘family honour’ is now at stake for the presidential hopeful.
Duduzane Zuma does have a decent following in South Africa. He’s a frequent ‘trending topic’ online, and his most recent public appearances have drawn scores of adoring fans. But whether this vocal minority can transform itself into an electoral majority remains to be seen. Whatever happens, at least the aspiring politician will always have Dubai to fall back on.