“This is a sensitive matter that is so painful and it gets repeated all over again when you are past it. But we resuscitate it and it causes pain for the children, even those who were too young to talk about it.
“Ma Kate chose to give me the note and she sent a son to pull it out of the drawer to give it to me. She was not alive by the time she reached the hospital,” he said.
Chikane told MPs that when Zuma’s son (Duduzane) tried to bring up the matter, he told him; “Ask your father because your father knows exactly what happened”.
In May 2020, Duduzane and his father discussed Kate’s passing in the YouTube show Zooming with Zumas.
“She didn’t pass away. She didn’t die. She committed suicide,” Duduzane said in the clip.
“It was late morning. I was minding my own business. One of the staff members came running frantically to get my attention. I got to your room and obviously you were not there. They brought me to the room and said ‘Brace yourself, something is going on here’.
“When I got into the room and looked to the right, mom was laying on the bed, she was non-responsive, frothing at the mouth. I don’t think people were aware of what was going on.”
Duduzane said he found a note his mother had left in a walk-incloset.
At the time, Chikane tweeted that as a matter of respect for Mantsho Zuma, he had decided not to respond to falsehoods about the suicide note.
“Comrade Jacob Zuma should take responsibility to correct his son because he knows the truth. I hope he has done so, or will still do it.”
The interviews continue on Wednesday.