PRETORIA – Jabu criticised British model Naomi Campbell for making comments about the unrest that gripped Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal last month.
This comes after Campbell penned an open letter to the former head of state last week, accusing him of jeopardising Nelson Mandela’s legacy by bringing the country into disrepute in his battle with the judiciary.
“I have watched how over the last few years you have protested your innocence at the allegations tabled against you of corruption and allowing mass State Capture. I have seen you got out of your way to avoid having to deal with these matters in court and avoid a Commission setup to investigate State Capture,” Campbell wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
“Each day you defy the courts and stoke division you take a step backwards from Madiba’s vision for South Africa to prosper and for their not only be equitable political justice but also economic justice.”
South Africa made international headlines in the buildup to the arrest of Jacob Zuma and again weeks after his arrest when pro-Zuma supporters called for his release from the Estcourt prison in KwaZulu-Natal.
He’s serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court for snubbing the State Capture Commission of Inquiry and the Constitutional Court.
The deadly unrest that erupted following his incarceration claimed more than 300 lives, resulted in job loss and massive damage to property.
The cost to rebuild the affected areas is estimated in the billions. “If you still consider yourself a leader then please act and take responsibility like one,” Campbell added. But the letter didn’t sit well with some.
Jabu Zuma hit back at Campbell, saying she was in no position to comment on the country’s history.
“If you had actually been watching president Zuma over the last few years as you claim, you will be well aware of the fact that all he has ever called for was a fair trial.
“He has been more than willing to stand in front of a court and prove his innocence,”
Jabu echoed sentiments from Zuma’s camp that he had qualms with appearing before the State Capture Commission but not under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
“President Zuma has never had an issue with appearing before the commission, he’s done so previously. His issue lies with having to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo,”
“You’re simply not qualified and must be deluded to think you could ever (make recommendations on what Zuma should do),” Jabu wrote.
Jabu Zuma joins siblings Duduzane, Duduzile, and Edward in their public defense of their 79-year-old father.
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) July 31, 2021