The Jacob Zuma foundation has dismissed claims that former president Jacob Zuma’s wife Sizakele “MaKhumalo” Zuma has died.
There had been rumours circulating on social media on Monday morning that Khumalo, had passed away, which the Jacob Zuma Foundation has since refuted.
“Following media enquiries, the foundation checked with the family and can confirm that the rumour about first lady MaKhumalo having passed on is devoid of truth. Long Live Mama Wesizwe,” the foundation said in a tweet.
On Sunday afternoon, it was announced that the former president’s younger brother, Michael, had passed away.
According to TimesLive, Michael died at around 11am on Sunday after battling a long illness.
The news comes in the week Zuma started serving his prison sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal after he handed himself over to the authorities on Wednesday evening.
Carl Niehaus, spokesperson of the disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, on Sunday evening sent his heartfelt sympathies to the Zuma family, saying, the “pain that is being involved on [the family] is taking a severe toll, may his soul rest in peace”.
My heartfelt sympathy to President Zuma, and the whole family with the passing on of Nxamalala’s younger brother Mike Zuma. The pain that is being invoked on the Zuma family is taking a severe toll. My His Soul Rest In Peace ????????.— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) July 11, 2021