Zuma ally Mzwandile Masina denounces interview with Duduzane as ‘insensitive’

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Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has denounced former President Jacob Zuma’s interview with his son Duduzane Zuma as “insensitive” and “in bad taste.”

Masina, who is also chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in Ekurhuleni and a strong Zuma supporter, was particularly “disappointed” by comments Duduzane made in the interview about Deputy President David Mabuza.

The interview, which was dubbed Zooming With Zumas, was uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday by a user known as “Vaultage TV.” It had received more than 24,400 views and 150 comments at the time of publishing.

Mabuza ‘spent days at Saxonwold’

Duduzane detailed how he airlifted Mabuza, who was Premier of Mpumalanga at the time, to Russia for medical treatment following his alleged poisoning in 2015.

He said Mabuza’s health was so bad that he (Duduzane) had to “remove his shoes and undress him sometimes.” The ex-Premier also spent a few days at the Saxonwold residence of the infamous Gupta family upon his return from Russia, according to Duduzane.

“I’m mentioning this story because he is someone that was dear to all of us and still is. There’s been a breakdown in my relationship with him and not from my side, [but] from his side. My understanding of it – I clearly don’t know. Maybe one day myself and him will have that discussion,” Duduzane said.

However, Masina was not overly impressed with such lurid details in the interview and made his views known on Twitter on Wednesday.

‘Disturbed and disappointed’

He tweeted, “I’m deeply disturbed and disappointed with the content of the video of the former President @PresJGZuma and his son @Duduzane__Zuma.

“Whatever the intentions, it is all in bad taste and insensitive. Can we all focus on the pandemic and allow the government to lead us during this time.”

When a follower asked Masina what was “insensitive” about the video, he replied, “Would you want to help someone sick and then later tell the public about confidential things that were done? I’m no fan of DD [Mabuza], but this is very wrong.”

Another fan expressed surprise at Masina’s comments and wondered whether or not he was still a supporter of radical economic transformation (RET), which some in the ANC associate with Zuma. Masina replied, “RET does not mean stupidity. It’s a principled organisational policy position.”

Zuma and his son also spoke about other events in their lives, including Zuma’s own alleged poisoning as well as the passing of Duduzane’s mother and brother Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma.

The 44-minute video was marked as “part one,” meaning that more episodes of the father-son conversation could be on the way.

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