Former president Jacob Zuma’s most famous son, Duduzane, showed his face outside the family's KwaDakwaduse homestead in Nkandla on Sunday for the first time since his father's contempt of court conviction.
Duduzane has been visibly absent since his father’s supporters have been gathering outside their home, starting from Thursday, to “defend and support” Zuma after he was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment by the Constitutional Court.
On the contrary, his older brother Edward has been a permanent feature, camping outside the family home with the energetic supporters since the beginning.
Duduzane, true to his renowned charisma, especially among the ladies, walked up and down the main road passing their home surrounded by Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans and scores of his father’s supporters clad in ANC regalia.
This as various groups of supporters started trickling into Zuma’s home ahead of his “address to the nation”, scheduled for 6pm on Sunday.
As the crowds sang and danced outside Zuma’s home, some gunshots went off in the bushes across the road — the first shots to ring so close to Zuma’s home since the start of the activities this week.
This forced Edward to make a public announcement on a sound system set up in the extended open space outside the main yard to call for “discipline”.
Edward pleaded with supporters not to fire any gunshots in the air, as this would be viewed as a provocation by police, who have stayed far from the Zuma residence this week.