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POLL | Duduzane Zuma is joining politics - would you vote for him?

03 November 2020 - 17:00 By cebelihle bhengu
Duduzane Zuma says South Africans will 'enjoy' him as he ventures into politics.
Duduzane Zuma says South Africans will 'enjoy' him as he ventures into politics.

Businessman Duduzane Zuma is optimistic he will win the hearts and votes of South Africans come the 2024 elections.

The son of former president Jacob Zuma finally let the cat out of the bag in recent interviews, saying there was a "strong chance" of him pursuing a political career.

Zuma left South Africans guessing whether he would switch careers following his interview with Trending SA last month in which he hinted he might follow in his father's footsteps.

Asked whether he would start a political party, Zuma said: "I think everyone should have some involvement in politics. We all have our experiences and views and we all want to make a difference. For me having any interest in politics, that's definitely a yes. At what level, that's for people to decide."

On Monday he told 702 his supporters were unfazed by his previous ties to the Gupta family and what has been reported about him in the media. 

“I think there are a lot [of people] who do trust me,” said Zuma.

"I don't live by media perception and I don't live by what happens in the social media sphere, even though it's a powerful tool for business and marketing.”

He attributed his move to interactions with supporters who he said trust him to "fight their fight".

“To say there is a commission going on and that I have a negative persona, that goes without saying, but I am here now and that's going to change. There are going to be a lot of interactions. You'll get to know me and enjoy me,” he said.

Last week, he told Newzroom Afrika he no longer has business ties with the Guptas.

“I am doing my own thing, a new chapter of my life. I am no longer doing business with them. They are living elsewhere in the world. I don’t regret doing business with them or knowing them. They exposed me to a lot," he said.

“The only unfortunate part was the fallout that led to the state capture inquiry."