Former president Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, appears to have broken his silence, taking to Twitter to question why he has been dragged into the fray surrounding the criminal investigation of the Guptas, and defending his father.
In a series of tweets over the last week, Duduzane has claimed that his father is being unfairly treated, that he "mistakenly" used state money to pay for the Nkandla upgrades, and retweeted several tweets questioning why Zuma was arrested while apartheid criminals roamed free.
In his latest tweet, on Monday, Duduzane said he could not understand why he was criticised for doing business with the Guptas.
People do businesses with the government all the time and that has never been an issue, why is it an issue now? If we want to talk about state capture why then are we quiet about the Eskom 40-year contracts? South Africa must not be bias!— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 19, 2018
Duduzane Zuma is a business partner of the Gupta brothers, who are wanted in connection with the Estina dairy farm project investigation. Two of the brothers are alleged to have conspired to siphon off money from the project, initiated to help black farmers in the Free State, to pay for the Gupta family wedding in 2013. A third brother is wanted in connection with allegations that the Guptas tried to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
Duduzane was asked to appear before the state-capture inquiry in Parliament but refused. He and the Gupta brothers will be subpoenaed now, after refusing requests from the public enterprises committee to appear.
According to Fin24, the Guptas said they could not appear because they were out of the country, calling the inquiry "political showboating", while Duduzane's lawyer said he would not appear before he had received transcripts of some of the witnesses' testimony.
On Twitter, he said he would not appear as he had not been subpoenaed.
I will not be appearing in Parliament tomorrow because I was not subpoenaed for the Eskom enquiry. The media must get their facts straight first.— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 12, 2018
City Press reported in February that the Hawks are looking for Duduzane. His home, a large property in Saxonwold nearby the Gupta compound, was reportedly unoccupied on the day the Hawks raided the Guptas'. The property is owned by a company co-owned by Duduzane and the Guptas.
However, officially, the Hawks have remained tight-lipped over whether they think Duduzane was involved in the Estina dairy project scam.
Hawks sources reportedly told The Sunday Independent that Duduzane is considered a fugitive as he did not hand himself over to the police. They reportedly said he was a flight risk as he has property in Dubai.
EFF leader Julius Malema came under fire for suggesting the Duduzane and his twin sister were not South African citizens because they were born in Mozambique.
I do not know where this obsession of me being born in Mozambique comes from, it carries so much hatred. I was born outside South Africa because my father was in exile fighting against the injustices of the apartheid regime. Today people seem suffer from historical amnesia.— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 4, 2018
I note that in my previous tweet I mentioned that I was labeled as a "refugee" which was a mistake for "foreigner" I was born in Mozambique, we've seen Mr Malema obsess about that. As for a fugitive, I disagree I have done nothing wrong. Doing business with Guptas is not a sin.— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 17, 2018
Duduzane also defended his father, following news that the NPA will pursue the charges of fraud and corruption against the former president. He said VBS bank, placed under curatorship by the Reserve Bank following liquidity problems, was being targeted for giving Jacob Zuma a loan to pay back the Nkandla money.
Zuma did what the nation asked and resigned. He does not deserve this treatment, he abonded his family and went to exile to liberate his own people who are today against him. Today I'm referred to as a refugee because of the sacrifices my father did for his people #ZumaCharges— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 16, 2018
VBS is targeted because it helped my father to pay back the money he mistakenly used for non security reasons in Nkandla. When are we going to realize that this system is anti-black? SARB protected Capitec on the Viceroy report, SARB protected Absa from paying back the money.— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) March 12, 2018
Duduzane also retweeted tweets criticising President Cyril Ramaphosa and questioned why Zuma was arrested but apartheid perpetrators were not.
The police state of @CyrilRamaphosa & Bheki Cele have unleashed live ammunition in Keiskammahoek (Eastern Cape), people were killed this morning for protesting for services, their rights. Peaceful protest!— ZaneleLwana (@ZaneleLwana) March 19, 2018
This country alive with possibilities, killing blacks and serving whites
It's so funny when some people go crazy when you expose the crimes their ancestors have committed for over 500 years.— Yoana Vega (@YoanaVega10) March 19, 2018
If a meme says "white," oh it hurts their feelings.
They never bother asking who are responsible for creating those labels & creating the race division BS. pic.twitter.com/PHGsID8E2A
Zuma being prosecuted is a huge defeat for the African child 😪... Considering that apartheid criminals are all still walking around free in this land with every benefit they unduly gained during our oppression 😪— sbu_and_200_others (@NgoveniSbu) March 16, 2018
Your killers are still roaming around our streets; they were never held accountable for their crimes because your lives were cheap. It's 2018 and we fighting for second liberation!!! May your souls RIP #Aluta Continua ✊✊✊ #ZumaCharges pic.twitter.com/HRThder7LV— SOS! Save Black South Africans! (@_Revolution18) March 16, 2018
He also congratulated Vladimir Putin for his recent re-election as president of Russia.