DURBAN: Michael Zuma, a brother of former president Jacob Zuma and a senior member of the Zuma family in Nkandla, has passed away.
According to information from Khanya Zuma, another senior member of the Zuma family, Michael was not well and he passed away on Sunday morning, but Khanya did not say exactly where Michael passed away.
His passing comes as his brother Jacob Zuma is languishing inside an Estcourt prison, for contempt of court, and it has attracted outpouring grief from ANC members who are close to Zuma, and other sympathetic members of the South African community.
“Yes, he passed away on Sunday at around 11am. He has not been well for some time now,” Khanya said in a sorrowful voice, when Independent Media asked him about the matter.
The spokesperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation Mzwanele Manyi said, as the foundation, they were not aware of the bereavement, but they would get in touch with the family.
Mike, as he was known in the Zuma family, was always on the side of the jailed former head of state during his trials and he played a very close role when Zuma traditionally wedded MaNtuli (Nompumelelo Ntuli) in 2008.
Although nothing has been officially said by the Department of Correctional Services, Zuma can apply to leave his prison and go home to bury his brother, and later come back.
Michael’s passing comes as KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng continue to be gripped by violent protest, linked to calls for Zuma to be released from jail. So far, the KZN government says estimates shos that the protests have inflicted a loss of R100 million to the province’s economy.
Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Sunday (11 July), to discuss developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The president’s address will follow meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet which are taking place during the course of the day.
“As South Africa rolls out its Covid–19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures,” the presidency said.
“The president’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences. The SABC will provide a live feed for all media.”
The Sunday Times reported that the lockdown is likely to be extended, including a ban on alcohol, and an extension to the July school holidays.
The likely extension comes as South Africa continues to report a high number of Covid-19 cases across the country.
21,610 new Covid-19 cases were recorded On Saturday (10 July), with 211,052 active cases around the country.
A further 265 deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 64,138, while 4.2 million vaccines have been administered to date.