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Edward Zuma: I meant what I said in open letter

Zuma says he doesn’t regret writing the letter which refers to Derek Hanekom as ''a white monopoly capitalist offspring and an Afrikaner racist'' & Pravin Gordhan as “a corrupt white monopoly capital stooge.'

Former president Jacob Zuma's son, Edward Zuma. Picture: Twitter/@sayitasis99

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it's concerned about the content of a letter apparently authored by President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward Zuma.

The commission found some of his statements promoting racial hatred, to be disturbing and offensive.

In the racially charged letter, Zuma attacked former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan describing him as "a stooge of so-called white monopoly capital".

The Commission's Gail Smith says they're deciding what action to take.

“Well, we’re currently considering our options. There are various options open to the commission. I think the first port of call would be to contact Mr Zuma himself and engage him on the matter.”

'I STAND BY EVERY SENTENCE AND WORD'

In a response, Zuma's son says he’s standing by the words of the open letter he wrote to former ministers Derek Hanekom and Gordhan in which he calls them “a sell-out minority in the ANC.”

Zuma's letter was published by various media houses this week.

Zuma says he doesn’t regret writing the letter which refers to Hanekom as ''a white monopoly capitalist offspring and an Afrikaner racist'' and Gordhan as “a corrupt white monopoly capital stooge.''

He says he would never change a single word in the letter.

“What is written in my letter, I stand by every sentence and word. And I mean it, I am not apologetic about it.”

About the SAHRC's decision to take action against him, Zuma said: “What freedom of expression have I violated because I was expressing my freedom of expression?”

Both Hanekom and Gordhan were fired by the president in March during his shock Cabinet reshuffle.