Ex-President Zuma’s Son, Edward Fined $5,000 For Hate Speech

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, on Tuesday agreed to pay $5,000 while he also apologised for an insulting letter.

In 2017, Edward wrote an open letter in which he labeled the then finance minister, Pravin Gordhan; and tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, two critics of Zuma, as “sellouts.’’

On Tuesday, Edward reached an agreement at Durban Equality Court to pay $5,000 and to also apologise for what was deemed a “hate speech.”The fine would be given to two needy schools in Durban.

According to the court settlement, Edward is required to write an unconditional apology directed to all South Africans in the next seven days.

The South African Human Rights Commission laid the complaint after Edward wrote the scathing letter decrying the two ministers.

In the letter, Edward called Derek Hanekom “a white, white monopoly capitalist offspring who is no better than a vile dog trained to maul a black skin.’’

Zuma also stated in his letter that Gordhan, of Indian origin, wanted locals to be always poor and eat left-overs from the Indians.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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