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The Democratic Alliance will be laying criminal charges against Jacob Zuma’s children Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, Edward Zuma, Duduzane Zuma, and EFF leader Julius Malema for incitement of violence.
Over the past week, following the arrest of the former President, his daughter Duduzile took to social media to post several tweets encouraging and inciting violence and looting, going as far as to cheer on those involved.
These tweets follow comments made by Edward Zuma, where he claimed law enforcement agencies would have to go through him before they arrest his father. In a statement, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach MP – DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Correctional Services said, “These comments were both inflammatory and reckless.”
According to Breytenbach, there is also a video making the rounds on social media in which Duduzane Zuma vows to “fight” to get his father out of prison.
In addition to this, Breytenbach explains, “For his part, Julius Malema threatened to join the anarchy on the streets if the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is deployed and likened the deployment to a declaration of war against civilians instead of an attempt to maintain law and order. “We are also deeply disturbed by Malema’s racially charged remarks about the Indian community that have the potential to incite further racial tensions.” Their actions have been viewed as concerning, especially as Advocate Breytenbach points out that Zuma-Sambudla and Malema have millions of followers on Twitter who could perceive these statements as literal.
“The DA urges the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to act against the Zuma children and Malema to ensure that they are investigated criminally for incitement to commit violence and their talk of war. We cannot allow anyone to get away with this kind of reckless behaviour and make such sweeping statements with impunity. Failure to act will only embolden the Zumas and Malema to say and do what they want with no fear of consequence. The NPA and SAPS need to act against them now.”
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