Edward Zuma given 7 days or face arrest if he fails to pay hate speech fine

 

More tough times awaits the Zuma family. This particular incident happened after public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan revealed implicating information at the Zondo commision in 2018.

Consequently, the son of former president, Jacob Zuma, has been given seven days to pay the balance of a R60 000 fine for hate speech.

The court heard on Monday that Edward had failed to comply with the terms of an agreement to pay the fine which was to be split into two equal parts and go to two Durban high schools.

This, after was found guilty to a charge of hate speech relating to an open letter distributed in July last year, that hit out at senior government ministers, Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan – calling both sell outs and supporters of white monopoly.

Edward labelled Gordhan “one of the most corrupt cadres of the ANC who thinks African Natives are no better than just being sugar cane cutters who must forever be subservient to a master like him for sustenance”.

The Human Rights Commission issued a statement soon after saying that the utterances promoted hatred on the basis of race, that he had violated the constitutional right to freedom of expression and that it would be seeking appropriate redress.
Edward apologised to Hanekom, Gordhan and the ANC after being instructed to do so by the governing party, but the commission wanted a public apology and a fine of R100 000.

All effort to reach Edward Zuma to determine when he intends to pay up the fine was unsuccessful.

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