Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, who was the youngest son of former Jacob Zuma and his late wife Kate Mantsho, died on Sunday night after a brief illness. Zuma’s spokesperson Vukile Mathabela confirmed the news.
The ANC released a statement, saying it is deeply saddened by his untimely passing.
“A bright and promising young lion and disciplined member of the ANC, Nhlakanipho Zuma was a dedicated and a humble activist who took a keen interest in the livelihoods of our people,” read the statement.
He was 25-years-old and was the youngest of children born to Zuma and the late Kate Zuma.
Meanwhile President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent condolences to the Zuma family.
“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.
The Economic Freedom Fighters also issued a statement Monday, sending the party’s condolences to former President Zuma and his family.
“When death visits, it is never pleasant for anyone, especially the loss of a young person who had his future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zuma family,” said EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.