Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane claims that he has been victimized and treated with suspicion simply because he was the president’s son. He said this when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture on Tuesday.
Duduzane Zuma, who spent most of the morning wrapping up his testimony that started on Monday, said he was no criminal and was not corrupt despite being painted as such in news reports.
“Because of the narrative coming from the media reports I am looked at as a criminal, I’m looked at as a face of corruption, ‘this guy has taken millions out of this country,’ I just want to say to the public out there I’m not corrupt. How they take it is not up to me to decide, but I just want to make that clear. If you see me in the streets, just know that I am not that person,” Zuma said.
In his testimony, the young Zuma denied former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas’ statement that he (Duduzane) drove him (Jonas) to the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound where he was allegedly offered R600million bribe to take up the finance minister position.
Duduzane Zuma told the commission that he suffered several consequences as a fallout fro, Jonas' claimsagainst him.
"I think there are three levels to this scenario that need to be satisfied - political, legal and perception. Secondly, there is the legal perspective, which is one of the reasons I am sitting here today. I have had to walk in and out of courtrooms. I have had to face all sorts of charges," he told chairperson of the commission Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo.
Zuma said he was being persecuted because of his father’s politics.
"We would all be fooling ourselves to think that there isn't political play. If you look at how the issues have come to the fore, what has happened to either side of the political landscape. I am unfortunately caught in a political storm," he told the commission.
Duduzane Zuma also claimed that when he was briefly arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport, no one told him why he was arrested. He had just landed in the country in order to attend the funeral of his brother Vusilast year.
He has been excused from the commission but Zondoreminded him that should there be any need he will be called back to appear again.