SA weighs in on Naomi Campbell's lashing of Jacob Zuma
Social media was in meltdown mode at the weekend after international supermodel Naomi Campbell penned an open letter to former president Jacob Zuma, which drew a sting clapback from his family.
In her letter, Campbell blamed the recent looting and destruction in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on his supporters and said it threatened to undo what the late former president Nelson Mandela had fought hard to achieve.
“Each day you defy the courts and stoke division you take a step backwards from Madiba’s vision for SA to prosper and for there to not only be equitable political justice but also economic justice.
“If you still consider yourself a leader, then please act and take responsibility like one.
“Agree to finish your appearance in front of the state capture commission and equally you will have your days in court to contest the corruption charges alleged against you. Put the nation first,” she wrote.
Zuma's daughter Jabu hit back Campbell, telling her the unrest was bigger than calls for her father's release.
She also denied claims her father was evading the state capture commission.
“What you remember SA to be is not and has never been a reflection of the true SA. If you had actually been watching president Zuma over the last few years, as you claim, you will be well aware of the fact that all he has ever called for was a fair trial. He has been more than willing to stand in front of a court and prove his innocence ... Zondo recuses himself, Zuma goes to the commission. Simple,” Jabu said.
She also suggested the model knew nothing of SA history.
“You’re simply not qualified and must be deluded to say you could ever [make recommendations on what Zuma should do],” Jabu concluded.
Social media users weighed in on the open letters, with opinions split:
I am no fan of Naomi Campbell but for once she's hit the nail on the head.— RALF BITTKAU (@RalfBittkau) August 2, 2021
The one who is delusional here is Jabu with her narrow mindset and blinkered view.
Thank you Jabu. To those who hate President Zuma so much, could you tell me exactly what he has done. Naomi knows nothing about SA just like these clever blacks.— Mdujulwa (@mdujulwa) August 1, 2021
Same WhatsApp group, the Zuma gals are stuck hence this rhetoric, Naomi 1 Jabu & Duduzile 0. Go back to the drawing board, here you are finished— Filipi (@filipibaloyi) August 1, 2021