In a statement released on Tuesday, Edward Zuma – the eldest son of former South African President Jacob Zuma – stated that his father and step-mother were in good health after a report by Sunday World suggested that the two were hospitalised with COVID-19.
According to IOL, the Sunday World reported that both Zuma and his senior wife, Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma (MaKahumalo) contracted the virus and were being treated at Richards Bay Hospital.
The paper also reported that it got its information from an unnamed source who knows what’s going on in the Zuma household.
As a response to the claim, Edward Zuma stated, “We wish to inform the South African public about the health condition of former president Mr Jacob G Zuma. He is well and enjoying his festive season with family and is at home adhering to all regulations that were announced in March this year.
“He is well and in good spirits. We wish to request all South Africans to adhere and respect all regulations our government has put in place as the former president has been doing since the start of the pandemic.”
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) December 29, 2020
Jacob Zuma is presently being accused of using various tactics to avoid state capture. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard the state capture commission’s urgent application to compel former President Jacob Zuma to appear and give evidence before the inquiry.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, summoned Zuma to appear for a total of 10 days in January and February 2021.