The family of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma have been thrown into mourning after they lost their son on Sunday night after a short illness.
Condolences have been pouring in since Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, who was the youngest son of Zuma died. Reverend Jesse Jackson tweeted on Sunday night that he was sending his prayers and condolences to the Zuma family.
Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma is the youngest of five children born to the ANC leader and Kate Mantsho‚ who committed suicide, he is believed to have been born in 1993. His siblings include the well-known twins Duduzane and Duduzile. The ANC has also since issued a statement expressing its condolences, calling him a “bright and promising young lion and disciplined member” of the party.
It said the young Zuma was a “dedicated and humble activist who took keen interest in the livelihoods of our people”. In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa sent his condolences, saying his thoughts and prayers were with the Zuma family.
“I wish to convey, on behalf of government and all South Africans, our heartfelt condolences to former President Zuma, the Zuma family and relatives on the passing of their beloved son. Words cannot adequately express the pain of losing such a young family member,” said Ramaphosa.
The Economic Freedom Fighters also issued a statement Monday, sending the party’s condolences to former President Zuma and his family.
“When death visits, it is never pleasant for anyone, especially the loss of a young person who had his future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zuma family,” said EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Polygamous Jacob Zuma has as many as 24 children, from many wives. He was acquitted of raping an HIV-positive family friend in 2006 – although the fact he told the court he had showered in order to avoid catching HIV would continue to haunt him throughout his presidency, before he resigned.