Former South African President, Jacob Zuma has lost one of his sons‚ Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, a spokesperson for the Presidency has confirmed.
He passed away in a private hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday, after a short illness.
Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma is the youngest of five children born to the ANC leader and Kate Mantsho‚ who committed suicide. He is believed to have been born in 1993.
Details of Vusi’s death would be released later on Monday, once a family spokesperson is appointed.
His siblings include the well-known twins Duduzane and Duduzile.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent condolences to the Zuma family.
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“We have learned with shock and sadness of the sudden passing of former President Zuma’s son, Mr Vusi Zuma, last night. I wish to convey, on behalf of government and all South Africans, our heartfelt condolences to former President Zuma, the Zuma family and relatives on the passing of their beloved son,” the President said through his Spokesperson, Khusela Diko
“Words cannot adequately express the pain of losing such a young family member. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time and we wish the Lord give former President Zuma strength. May the son’s soul rest in eternal peace,” said President Ramaphosa.