Despite the versions to the circumstances that led to thee passing of Kate Zuma, the public has been given some insight into the innermost happenings of the family.
A new YouTube channel launched in May posted a 45-minute long video of a conversation between Duduzane Zuma and his father on a range of topics including something very personal to both of them – the death of Duduzane’s mother, Kate Zuma, who committed suicide in 2000.
Unconfirmed media reports at the time alleged that the marriage between the two was severely strained and that this was a major contributing factor in her death.
Duduzane speaks about it publicly for the first time: “It was late morning… I was minding my own business… one of the staff members came running in frantically to get my attention. ‘Please come with me, there’s something going on that we need you to help us with’ [said the staff]… I get to your room, and obviously you were not there… They bring me to the room and they say ‘look brace yourself, there is something going on here. We’re not sure what the situation is, but we need you to come and assist’. When I get into the room, and when I look to the right, mom was laying on the bed, she was non-responsive, frothing at the mouth and I don’t think people were aware of what was going on,” he said.
“She wasn’t speaking, and, you know, we’re trying to understand what’s going on, until my attention was brought to a note that was in the… walk-in closet. I’m trying to, to read the note – which I do – and the contents of it. Some of it did make some newspapers. How? I don’t know, but that’s what happened. I walk into the room, I’ve still got the note in my hand, and all of this happened maybe within a period of seven to 10 minutes.”