Jacob Zuma’s brother dies after a stroke 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Former president Jacob Zuma has lost his elder brother, Joseph, who died on Tuesday after casting his special vote the day before.

Joseph Zuma, 83, died after a long illness following a stroke that he suffered last year before the Umkhonto Wesizwe party was founded.

The family told Scrolla.Africa he was able to cast his special vote at his homestead in KwaNxamalala, a few metres from his brother’s home.

Joseph’s daughter, Neli Zuma, said her father had been sick since last year.

“My father suffered a stroke early last year before the formation of Umkhonto Wesizwe. He died peacefully at home on Tuesday. He left two wives and nine children,” she said.

Joseph is the son of Nobhekisisa maYengwayo Zuma, who was married to polygamist Gcinamazwi Zuma, who was also the husband of Msholozi’s mother, maMzobe.

In 2018, Joseph accused the ANC of humiliating his brother by not waiting for him to finish his second term of office before recalling him as president.

“This does not show justice. I don’t think they should have allowed him to be removed like this,” he said. 

He said Zuma had no role in former president Thabo Mbeki’s recall in 2008. 

“Even when Mbeki was recalled, it was not Zuma who removed him but the ANC that made that decision. And now they make it as if he was also part of that,” he said.

Joseph was Jacob Zuma’s only surviving sibling after the passing of Michael Zuma in 2021.

The family has not yet finalised a funeral date.

Pictured above: Joseph Zuma. 

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