ANC member and son of the President, Edward Zuma was accused of hate speech after slamming former ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derken Hanekom. Edward Zuma wrote an open letter labelling the pair sell-outs askaris and accused them of protecting white monopoly capital.
The South African Human Rights Commission announced on Friday that they wll probing Zuma for hate speech. The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal also announced their disappointment in Zuma.
Now the ANC and SAHRC have found that Zuma’s comments in his open letter promotes hatred on the basis of race.
Edward Zuma attacked the rights commission on Saturday, accusing them of being against the black majority.
The commission has warned Zuma that he could end up serving jail time if he continues with his racist vitriol. Spokeswoman Gail Smith said that they will engage Zuma and decide what action to take.
ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli revealed that the party has instructed Edward Zuma to retract his statement and even apologise.
“We have given him five days to do this. He has failed to separate and contextualise criticism against the president. He has personalised it and used racial connotations in dealing with comrade Pravin and comrade Hanekom. If he fails … we will bring him before the disciplinary committee to explain “himself.”