Edward Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, is known for publicly defending his embattled father. Photo: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

Edward Zuma launches yet another offensive against his father’s critics

Former president’ Jacob Zuma’s son has become infamous for verbally attacking and insulting his father’s detractors.

Edward Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, is known for publicly defending his embattled father. Photo: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

Moments after a warrant of arrest was issued for former president Jacob Zuma’s failure to appear in court due to an undisclosed illness, his son Edward took to social media to post a statement slamming the legal decision.

In his lengthy statement, he threw jabs at his father’s supposed enemies, labelling them as vindictive and vicious for “abusing the justice system”. 

Zuma hatred ‘has become their religion’

“The hatred they have for Zuma has become their religion and they are busy recruiting, or let me rather say, they are continuing to tell lies and diminish and destroy the legacy of the father of Radical Economic Transformation (RET), free education and land expropriation without compensation,” said Edward. 

His remarks come shortly after an image of Zuma posing with a rifle was posted on his Twitter account. Again, Edward defended his father from the backlash amassed from the image, telling eNCA it was taken two years ago with the machine gun meant for shooting birds. 

We chronicle three other times Edward came to the defence of his father:

Edward vs Johann Rupert and others  

When wealthy luxury goods businessman Johann Rupert urged Zuma to resign “for the sake of the children” he incurred the wrath of the opinionated traditionalist. Rupert was reacting to the appointment of David van Rooyen as Nhlanhla Nene’s successor as finance minister.

So incensed was the 43-year-old that he opened a case against Rupert at Nkandla’s Nxamala police station, citing corruption. 

“Whiteness is on steroids these days. For him to call for President Zuma’s resignation is a confirmation of what we have always known: That he and others have been funding the opposition‚ plotting and orchestrating conditions favourable for the defeat of our national democratic revolution‚” he said. 

Edward also didn’t spare then public protector Thuli Madonsela from his rants, advising her to “be a full-time politician or just shut up”. This followed on Madonsela commenting on Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma possibly becoming the ANC’s first woman leader in 2017. 

“She was addressing a white-dominated gathering in Cape Town, she is a proxy herself,” said Edward. 

‘Victim of an intricate plot’

In 2016 with Zuma under immense pressure from the government, opposition parties and factions within the ANC for his role in facilitating the Guptas’ state capture, Edward conducted an exclusive interview with The South African.

He alleged his father was the victim of an intricate plot created to remove him from all his leadership positions. He accused certain members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and members of society holding senior positions of targeting Zuma. 

“[They are] seeing to it that the mandate they have been given is executed as soon as yesterday…People who cannot hold their hatred back anymore, namely those who are calling for the president to resign and the NEC to resign. This is obviously frustration from Western powers as they have injected millions of dollars into the Remove Zuma Project.”

Prominent artist ‘used’ to bring Zuma down 

Ayanda Mabulu’s painting of the 77-year-old former statesman and influential businessman Atul Gupta in a sexual act as part of his exhibition at the Ruben Pasha Gallery in Johannesburg, raised the ire of Zuma’s eldest Zuma.

Since 2012 when his first painting of Zuma in a compromising position was released, Mabulu has painted several more works depicting Zuma naked.

In an emotional tirade, Edward threatened to strangle Mabulu and give him a good beating for disrespecting his parent, adding that the artist could report him to the police if he wanted to.

“I am not going to allow this guy to disrespect my father. How would he feel if I swore at his mother? Just because our parents are leaders, it does not mean that we are not sensitive or heartless. We also have feelings. I will not allow him to insult my family and my father like this and hide behind democracy.”