Zuma children: We can't appear in public

2012-05-22 19:15

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, has made an emotional plea to the South Gauteng High Court in an application to be admitted as one of the applicants in her father's case against the Goodman Gallery and City Press.

Zuma-Sambudla says the portrait by Brett Murray of her father with his genitals exposed constitutes hate speech. She also says that she and her younger siblings can no longer "freely mingle with the public without a deep feeling of being ostracised by the demeaning discussions about my father’s private parts".

She says that Zuma's children's constitutional rights are being violated - especially the right enshrined in Section 28(1)(d) which "prohibits the abuse and degradation of children".

"My little brothers and sisters are exposed to abuse by other children in schools and colleges when their father’s sexual organs are publicly displayed and discussed on radio stations and talk shows," she says.

In addition, Zuma-Sambudla says, this is taboo in her culture and the portrait "displays a disdain for our cultural attitudes towards the public display of sexual organs".

"In fact in our culture, when you wish to insult an opponent, you insult them by referring to the sexual organs of parents," Zuma-Sambudla says.

"Such an insult often leads to violent conflict between the parties involved."

Zuma-Sambudla says she has the authority to speak on behalf of all her siblings. Zuma has more than 20 children.

"In the short time that I have I am unable to provide confirmatory affidavits of all [Zuma's] children that I represent but have their authority to convey in the strongest terms their feelings of violation, shame and vulnerability at the degrading portrait of our father which is on display," she said, adding that viewing the painting has been a "humiliating and degrading experience" for them.

Zuma-Sambudla says that she understands art and is aware of the "value that artists bring to the lives of people and community generally".

"My sisters are professional actors having participated in local and international firms (sic) and I have an appreciation of the value and importance of what artists do," she says.

Her sister, Gugu, who wrote a statement decrying the portrait which was published by the City Press on Sunday, appeared in the hit TV series Isidingo.

Zuma-Sambudla says the children did not take the decision to join the proceedings lightly.

"As a family we have learnt to appreciate the “arrows of outrageous fortune that come with being a public family."

"I have in the past watched with horror at the deeply hurtful insults that have been hauled (sic) at my father’s person and have restrained myself from making any comments about it because I understand that his public position inspires a variety of emotional, intellectual and sometimes physical responses from people," she wrote.

"I believe that the image of my father in that portrait or picture is vulgar and conveys no meaningful or constitutionally protectable political speech.

"It is intended to insult him and in the process insult us, the children who have to contend with the most degrading publicity.

"In our view [it] is not only dehumanising of his right to dignity. It constitutes hate speech."

  • Jack - 2012-05-22 16:53

    Daddy will slaughter a nice fat bull and after a cleansing ceremony all will be fine. Time for another cover-up.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 19:43

      has it only dawned on you now, how sick your father is, catch a wake up miss.

      Al - 2012-05-22 19:49

      Maybe its because no one can keep track of all his children. And for the love of God, can some please explain to Zuma what a condom is. Lead by example. For a leader of South Africa especially, he certainly not encouraging the youth to wrap it up. Living is lekker, put a condom on your pekker

      John - 2012-05-22 19:59

      Double Standards Country My fellow compatriots....Why constitutional rights are not violated singing "Kill the Boer" ?

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 20:18

      Drat, the idea was that Zuma would no longer appear in public...

      Frank - 2012-05-22 20:28

      Oh please, cry me a river you little entitled, spoilt brat. The fact is that your father, with the sex drive of a Duracell bunny, pulled the Zoomer name through every mud puddle known to man. If you want us to take you seriously, rather apply to change your birth name! Lying little moegoe!

      Dries - 2012-05-22 20:47

      What about the time your father was accused of rape, to which he pleaded not guilty but rather admitted to consensual sex with the daughterof a comrade? Could you face the public then?

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 20:53

      I feel sorta sorry for the kids, it's not their fault their daddy can't keep it zipped up. However, I'd have felt shame and lost dignity and respect for my "dad" a long time ago - starting with the "hostile takeover" during Mbeki's term, the corrupt arms deal, the girl with aids that he raped and got away with, Shaiks conviction turned to golfing enthusiast, the complete collapse of the North West Province and Gauteng as far as schools, hospitals, police, municipalities, home affairs and any governing body goes. Never mind the billions of tax payers money wasted on lavish spending sprees while poor people starve and live in tin shacks, barely able to send their barefoot kids to school. The escalating crime, the nepotistic tenders, the eToll systems, the taxi's that literally get away with murder.... need I go on? Yup you kids should be ashamed - but not of a painting of your daddies tottie!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-22 21:00


      Jacques - 2012-05-23 07:36

      Actualy when they have a family get together it is the size of a small public gathering. Now if this is not part of your culture why do we see people exposing them selves urinating all over South Africa. Your culture argument is being plaid like the race card. You making s storm in a tea cup because you like the publicity.

      Jacques - 2012-05-23 07:40

      Also you are embarrest becuase of a painting but not the fact that you daddy has been involved in corruption, rape and out of wedlock children. Youn are not embarresed when you all live like kings for doing nothing while people go hungry or when your family destroyes mines at the expense of the workers. What about the fact that your daddies leadership has seen corruption at it worste ever. No girl you should just be embarrest that you are a Zuma. I would change my surname but then again you have selective values in your Zuma culture

      Michele - 2012-05-23 08:34

      @ Jacques - do you think the Zumas have to apply for permission for a public gathering when they have sunday lunch together? :P

  • Jack - 2012-05-22 16:54

    “Such an insult often leads to violent conflict between the parties involved.” ================================= Like Rwanda?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-23 07:59

      I find it hard to believe that this is more insulting than him effing his firends daughter , accussal of rape , multiple extra-marital affairs .

      Hendriek - 2012-05-23 09:33

      That's true Jack Smith, it can be a joke today.

  • Lesego - 2012-05-22 17:14

    Can the whole Zuma clan please just shut up. Millions of South Africans are degraded everyday due to living in sub-humane conditions all because the taxpayers are paying for his ridiculously largely household. The very same Duduzile who is crying about being degraded is the very same one who loved the media when they covered her extravagant wedding. Now that the publicity is not in her family's favour she complains? They must all keep quiet because they are the last people to demand respect when they have no respect for themselves and other South Africans.

      Johann Riekert - 2012-05-22 19:42

      well said.the country is in Chaos. the police are the biggest thugs at this moment....and all he worries about is his shlong. and the biggest joke is everything that is the truth gets painted black. shower heads children doesnt know the suffering of the majority. So shut up Zumas children. if daddy kept his Ding Dong in his pants in the first place....

      lisa.evansdominick - 2012-05-22 19:44

      well said!!! I drove past an informal settlement today and I was so upset by the living conditions, wonder if Zuma feels anything or is ashamed about his lavish lifestyle when he sees the informal settlements.... We need a president like the new president of France who rides a scooter to save the world...

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 20:55

      I couldn't have said it better Lesego!

      Nockx - 2012-05-22 21:29

      I agree with you. They are one track minded. Only wants good for themselves not thinking of others.. What a shame 'n disgrace to SA. The zoomer family

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 22:02

      Lisa, zoomer will not fit on a scooter

      San - 2012-05-22 22:16

      Well said. Back you on that

      mbali.patala - 2012-05-23 00:47

      Diego mhhh dude. I smell a rat. Did you read your comment before you posted it. you pretending not to be black why?

      Danny - 2012-05-23 07:50

      Well said ,couldn't be expressed any better.NOW sit back and watch how the truth which is exposed ,really hurts.So the whole Zuma clan must zip their lip-zip it up -if you do then dad will learn to zip it up.

      Schmee - 2012-05-23 07:58

      Well said Lesego. And thanks Lisa, I see a glimmer of hope. The previous Frence president also seemed to have a little problem keeping his pants zipped. Hopefully they have a decent one now and hopefully our next one is also decent.

      dineo.pamela.masipa - 2012-05-23 08:46

      Lesego you are right dear. What about all those people who have no voice to express their dissatisfaction, lack of dignity, etc...The Zuma clan, should get over it, so what your genitals were potrayed to the whole world, GET OVER IT, it happened three days ago, that fire died a long time ago. Should we now go to every place that depicts a man or woman with their genitals exposed and cover it up with a leaf? GET OVER IT...It didn't kill you, did it?

  • spartanx93 - 2012-05-22 19:31

    Its a shame that you are stuck with a father who is an @ss hole!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-05-22 19:32

    stop crying, dudu. Daddy will buy you a new bmw and all will be fine.

      Warren - 2012-05-22 20:02

      @ patrick.saunders123: You mean WE will buy her a new BMW.

      sithembiso.mazibuko1 - 2012-05-23 07:47

      @warren haha true

  • Sharon - 2012-05-22 19:33

    with the amount of money stolen you lot can afford to pull a michael jackson,no one will recognise you

  • wehan.victor - 2012-05-22 19:34

    Ag Shame. Most South Africans aren't safe in public because of rampant crime.Cry me a river.

  • Nockx - 2012-05-22 19:35

    How did they deal with the rape 'n theft? WTF your father showered after sex to prevent HIV. Now that's embarrassing...

      Irene - 2012-05-22 20:44

      10000 thumbs up to you.

      Theo - 2012-05-22 21:23

      1000000 thumbs up to you

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-22 19:36

    Oh so "Kill the farmer, kill the boer" is fine but a painting is hate speech? oh cry me a river you spoilt brats.

  • Mewik - 2012-05-22 19:37

    Ag shame man. Give them some of the taxpayers cash, that should cheer them up. Maybe give them another mine to plunder, they seem to enjoy that.

      Kate - 2012-05-22 23:31

      Oh rubbish man, if that was the case you shouldn't be walking around at all... you were created by the "spear" anyway. Heaven's above stop jumping on the band wagon. Besides that portrait was very similar to a painting of Lenin. . .

  • Jack - 2012-05-22 19:37

    Auw shame, perhaps now you'll understand that adultery is not acceptable.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 19:50

      and thieft and fraud and dumb.....

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-05-22 19:39

    Blame your daddy. He has caused your disgrace. So ahead and tell him please not to do this to you and also not to the nation.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-05-22 19:39

    boo hoo - as if the public would know who you were, if it wasnt for the convoy of beeeeeg black cars. on the plus side - the absence from the public eye means less touting for government tenders, which is good for the taxpayer.

  • Nomde - 2012-05-22 19:40

    Should have kept his bits in his pants more and he wouldn't be represented so.

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-22 19:46

    Over twenty children five wifes definatly the spear of the nation maybe daddy must open your own school

  • debbie.w.boulter - 2012-05-22 19:50

    Oh so the fact your father is a polygamist and sleeps with your friends and was accused of rape and fraud, That my dear should make you embarrassed to mingle in public, not this painting!!!

      Danny - 2012-05-23 08:02

      Thanx Debbie,if LENIN didn't cry foul about the painting then why are these people blabbering?

  • Hugo - 2012-05-22 19:55

    If you feel like you ay you do. . . please speak to your father , maybe he can re consider his sexual habits and who knows, may be nobody will have to make pictures of him. . . .

  • Gerhardus - 2012-05-22 19:56

    Don't cry miss. My tax money will pay for your school fees.

  • Eidel - 2012-05-22 19:57

    My heart is bleeding for you...shame (Sic)

  • Gerda - 2012-05-22 19:59

    Shame...... wonder who compiled this letter? Must be a professional. All hoping to influence the court case.

  • Konanani - 2012-05-22 20:00

    I feel 4 u dudu,daddy didnt deserve that but he is no good leader i mean we dont even know wether ur 4rm wife number 1,2,.....

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-22 20:07

      Not to sound rude bt how is that jo business?

      Konanani - 2012-05-22 20:19

      Thanx dc

      Danny - 2012-05-23 08:12

      Sure Konanani,if he is not a good leader as we all know ,then he is surely a goog Loader because everytime he Loads it multiplies,if one has to count.

  • francois.viljoen.12 - 2012-05-22 20:01


  • brettcch - 2012-05-22 20:05

    I would have thought they'd have had plenty practice with this by now.

  • Mona - 2012-05-22 20:07

    Ag siestog shame juffroutjie! In which hole did you bury your head when Daddy had sex with the friendie? Behind which curtain did you hide when Subair came over for supper and were your hands huge enough to cover your eyes when Daddy let loose criminals? Shutup juffroutjie, my tax money is your financial aid for EVERYTHING you have - your life is good, so is the life of your 50 brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters and all your step moms!!! Ag siestog shame! Life is such a b*tch when Zuma is your Daddy.

  • adrian.vanwyk - 2012-05-22 20:07

    I don't like the reference of section 28 of the Constitution here. I don't think it is valid in this argument.

      Danny - 2012-05-23 08:19

      Yeh Adeyvw, if one goes on about the constitution then it is frighteningly true that this Very JZ might rewrite the constitution to suit his corrupt way of dealing with the government of the day.

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-05-22 20:11

    I think this chick should know the dangers of being an ALPHA BABY if your daddy is in power it comes with benefits and weakness, well you are lucky. just look what happened to gaddafi's and saddam's kids, they looked on as their father was killed. and some of them where also killed,jailed,exiled and fled their homelands. if things turn for worse in SA chances are that the mobs are going to hunt for you too as they will you father. my advice for you is that you must prepare, hoard cash for that moment when things change you flee...

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-22 20:22

      Listen carefully to these wise words Zoomer family (Merry wives included).

      Danny - 2012-05-23 08:22

      Hey Themba you are actually predicting the future of our beautiful country in such a short space of time-at least I commend you for that.I am sure everyone would like this comment coming from you.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-22 20:11

    Ag shame, But I'm sure our tax millions will keep you Happy for many years to come.

  • Ro - 2012-05-22 20:12

    Pull the other one it has bells on it!

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-22 20:12

    You should not appear in public knowing your father has been stealing money from the state with his buddies.

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-05-22 20:16

    At all whites you are so hurt by the **ll the *oer song you guys dont realise that not to many blacks actually though of doing anything to be honest. And to be honest white people need to take a look at the fact that not many blacks killed or fought with whites in the history of this country so you need a CHILL PILL no one is going out to do anything to anyone else. I for one did not know that calling a afrikaner a *oer was wrong I thought thats what you would call afrikans people in afrikans.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 20:22

      I don't think the issue is with black people calling Afrikaaners Boers, mind you I would object as I am not of that descent (same way a zulu would be offended at being called a xhosa or vise versa). I think the real objection is to the hateful use of the phrase KILL the boer. Imagine if whites had to sing kill the blacks, what an uproar that would start.

      neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-22 20:36

      Where does the word Mlunghu come from and what does it mean

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 21:03

      It's not just a song when 30 farmers are killed every month. No I'm not Afrikaans.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 21:44

      Mlunghu...means WHITE, some people say its origins are derogatory, I don't know the language well enough to confirm nor deny this. However it is definitely a term I don't appreciate as I don't fully understand it enough to be 100% its not used in an insulting context.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-22 22:12

      @Neels, I have heard on the radio that it means "those who came by sea". Don't know if that is true or not.

  • mjvandersandt - 2012-05-22 20:19

    Peeing next to public roads are taboo displaying sexual organs in public. Some other kids can't appear n public as they are killed by rapists, sick due to poor managed hospitals or suffer from malnutrition. Now that is violation of the right enshrined in Section 28(1)(d) which "prohibits the abuse and degradation of children". Get a life Zoomer and Co.

  • Milano - 2012-05-22 20:24

    Then tell your father to flippin zip up

      Bomb - 2012-05-22 21:00

      @Fannie, about the children of the Aurora mineworkers going hungry and cold to bed? Any thought of them?

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 21:04

      Fannie - his kids can kiss my lillie white butt!

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-22 22:14

      Show us your fanny, Fannie.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-22 20:28

    I have but one comment for this Zuma-Sambudla... Complete and utter bollocks. Your feeling of being ostracised has everything to do with you dearly beloved daddy and sweet bugger all to do with a piece of art. Maybe the world will not make you feel ostracised once your father admits to being a corrupt womanising cretin and steps down from being president of this country and goes to jail like he is supposed to.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 21:05

      'ere 'ere I concur.

  • Irene - 2012-05-22 20:29

    Oh puleeez Dudu and your familial spawn! Have you only just realised what your 'daddy' is all about. Shame, I'd have hung my head in shame a long time ago. Not too bright are we?

      Nockx - 2012-05-22 21:46

      I gez she has most of her genes from her father side as biology proves. Intellectually challenged...

      Nockx - 2012-05-22 21:46

      I gez she has most of her genes from her father side as biology proves. Intellectually challenged...

  • Rick - 2012-05-22 20:29

    My hart goes out to his children. We know what it feels like. Our children are also targeted, teazed, taunted and traumatized when songs are sung about killing the farmer killing the boer on public radios and television. I would rather people discussing my private parts than singing about killing me.

  • Hans - 2012-05-22 20:29

    Who is Spear-Heading the discussions?

  • seandevil1 - 2012-05-22 20:35

    some of your brothers shouldn't want to be seen in public because of all the families they have taken the bread away from. shame , two faced, take the good stuff but feel deprived when you get the bad. poor suffering mining families haven't been paid in how long? i would be ashamed to be a zuma and would keep my mouth shut.

      zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-22 20:41

      very interesting view

      Theo - 2012-05-22 21:39

      Very interesting indeed.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-05-22 20:38

    But the painting merely represents the activities her father is ALREADY involved in! How is that any different to a day in the life?!

  • Gee - 2012-05-22 20:40

    What?? All 42 of you???

  • yummyhamster - 2012-05-22 20:40

    OMG.. so an image of genitals is hatespeech and abuse of children ? ok so now i am going to sue anyone who ever made a PORNO because of showing genitalia because it is hatespeech towards both male and female and different races and then as a bonus they are abusing children by showing people how to make children.. WAKE UP IDIOTS... stop trying to milk a dead BULL... yes BULL intended . wow this country has started to hit rock bottom faster in the past 3 months than i have ever thought i would see.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-05-22 20:40

    JZ is an embarrassment. Neither Madiba nor Thabo Mbeki had multiple wives and scores of children and whored around like he does! They behaved like gentlemen not alleycats! JZ has no one to blame for his follies and the parodies of his life but himself.

  • Mboneni - 2012-05-22 20:41


      Theo - 2012-05-22 21:42

      Amen !!

      Florence - 2012-05-22 22:48

      Duduzile kan so maar VOETSEK! And so is daddy's image down the sewerage drain. President shagger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry @res shag-a-lot!!!!!! Lol

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-05-22 20:42

    .....shame, wonder what the elder brothers have to say. They have also put the family name in disrepute quite recently, no-one complained then....and our children are still suffering!

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-05-22 20:42

    .....shame, wonder what the elder brothers have to say. They have also put the family name in disrepute quite recently, no-one complained then....and our children are still suffering!

  • Simone - 2012-05-22 20:43

    For Heaven's sake, there are so many of you children, how would one know the difference. Yes, maybe it is insulting, "Just let it go ", and focus on the more dire circumstances of this Country.

  • lownabester - 2012-05-22 20:44

    So when Daddy was charged with rape??? Where did you hide then, When he was charged with corruption, where were you hiding???? Poor children, you seldom see daylight with a father like yours.

  • Raul - 2012-05-22 20:45

    The whole matter has just become a nonsense. Although I do not agree with the painting display, didnt daddy bring this upon himself? How can he expect respect? No painter would display Madiba or even Mbeki in the same way. You know why? Ask your daddy perhaps he kinows.

  • robert.ban - 2012-05-22 20:47

    You all look the same you only have one father hopefully.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-22 20:47

    I'm no expert and zero percent sarcastic here, so correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it traditional Zulu custom to dance around in a tiny leopard skin speedo with the women dancing around topless? Since when is it such a taboo in 'their culture' to expose themselves?

  • Barry - 2012-05-22 20:48

    When, oh when, will SA politicians and other public figures learn to laugh at themselves instead of displaying their petty-mindedness and making even bigger fools of themselves? One has to assume that they are all suffering from remarkable feelings of insecurity and guilt - probably justly deserved in many cases.