Duduzane Zuma condemns the spiralling looting incidents, death and destruction in South Africa. In a 12-minute video, the son of former President Jacob Zuma has explained that he is not on any social media platform and has not made any inflammatory comments spurring the ongoing violence.
Whilst Duduzane did not call for the violence and looting to stop, he did raise a concerning point about the civil unrest not coming to end until his father is released from prison.
In the video that has since gone viral, Duduzane Zuma condemns the actions of those South Africans who are inciting violence and said the matter is not a political one but rather one born out of extreme poverty and starvation.
“I’m about peace, I’m about solutions, I’m about unity.” – Duduzane Zuma
Duduzane expressed that whilst he does not condone what has been happening in the country, he felt that referring to those responsible for the looting as hooligans, and other negative words are not helping matters.
His sentiments are that people are desperate due to circumstances such as poverty, unemployment and hunger.
According to Duduzane, two things contributed to the civil unrest in South Africa:
- Was the arrest of his father Jacob Zuma, whose arrest he finds is unjust and,
- The lockdown
The aspiring politician feels keeping the country in lockdown is ineffective due to the socio-economics issues within South Africa, including inequality. He feels the bigger issues that are plaguing the country such as racism will overtake the factors fueling the looting and civil unrest.
Duduzane thinks the underlying xenophobic crisis will rear its head again, within communities that are taking matters into their own hands.
He ended the video by calling for an end to the lockdown, release of his father and for action against poverty and hunger.