Thuli Phongolo. Picture: Instagram
Thuli Phongolo. Picture: Instagram

Thuli Phongolo slams Zuma family for inciting ‘violence’

By Kedibone Modise Time of article published Jul 12, 2021

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Actress Thuli Phongolo slammed the Zuma family for inciting violence, as unrest continues in South Africa.

The “Rockville” star also distanced herself from any association with the Zuma family.

In her latest tweet, Phongolo expressed her disappointment at the Zuma family for encouraging the protests across the country, in an effort to free the former statesman, who was arrested just a few days prior, causing major unrest – as acts of violence spread across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.

“The Zumas are out of hand, hayi ngeke bo! Encouraging violence and damaging of people’s belongings and property is uncalled for, I don’t care who says what,” tweeted Phongolo.

The former Generations actress grabbed the headlines earlier in the year, following speculations that she may be romantically involved with former President Jaco Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma.

Both parties later came out and denied all dating rumours. The pair stated that they barely knew each other.

In a response to a now-deleted tweet, Phongolo confirmed once again that she does not have affiliations with the Zuma family, insisting that she does not know Duduzane personally.

“Sir, I don’t have any personal association with anyone from the Zuma family. I don’t know Duduzane personally either and that’s the truth ...” said the star.

Phongolo went to explain that she stands by her statement while people’s livelihood are in jeopardy.

“I don’t have any desire to have “the good girl, keep your mouth shut” image, I stand for what’s right with reason. What’s happening in our country is heartbreaking and extremely detrimental to our livelihoods. It must be put to stop with immediate effect!”

In a recent tweet, Duduzane shared a video clip, professing his love for his father and strongly opposing his arrest

Duduzane is heard saying in the video: “... He shouldn’t be in prison ... We will fight to get him out, no doubt ... It’s not a joke Free JZ.”

Duduzane went on to tell his supporters that his father’s arrest was was unlawful.

Watch the full video below:

Since the looting started in KZN last week, Zuma’s daughter Duduzile Zuma-Sanbudla has been very vocal on social media, encouraging these acts of violence under #FreeJacobZuma.

Below are some of her tweets:

“Our Proxy President Of WMC. Our People Are Poor Not Criminals! Our People Are Hungry Not Criminals! Our People Are Unemployed Not Criminals! Our People Are Struggling Not Criminals,” wrote Duduzile

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