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Edward Zuma hate speech case back in court

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The Edward Zuma hate speech case will resume in the Durban Equality Court on Tuesday with a directions hearing.

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) lodged the case against former president Jacob Zuma’s son, for a widely-publicised letter in which he attacked ministers Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan.

In July 2017, Edward Zuma called Hanekom and Gordhan sell-outs and stooges of white monopoly capital.

Hanekom was described as “white monopoly capitalist offspring – who is no better than a vile dog trained to maul a black skin, showed us his true colours – and how the struggle of our people has been infiltrated by enemies – the racist-paternalistic minority.”

Zuma also called Hanekom a “white Afrikaner askari”.

Gordhan was labelled as “one of the most corrupt cadres of the ANC who thinks African natives are no better than just being sugar cane cutters who must be forever subservient to a master like him for sustenance.”

Zuma further accused the minister of wanting “natives to be perennially marginalised and always eat the leftovers dished by Indians and the white minority and its capital network. Gordhan as Gandhi sees black African natives as a low caste; K***irs who are subhuman and deserve no status beyond that definition.”

In a letter to the ANC the week after, Edward Zuma apologised but the HRC was unimpressed.

The commission wants a public apology from Zuma, as well as a fine of R100,000.

The directions hearing is an opportunity for the magistrate to discuss the progress of the case with both parties after which a trial date will be set.