As South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is facing being ousted from power, his fifth wife, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, on Friday warned that “things are about to get ugly”.
She took to her Instagram account, firstladytzuma, to post a happy photo of herself and her husband, seemingly inside a plane with the following caption in isiZulu: “My everyday crush, Nxamalala, Msholozi, Maphumephethe, Inkunzi, Emidiwayidwa, Zinyane likaMnyakanya. Kusazoshuba ungalwi nomuntu engalwi nawe #southafrica #biggerthanmattersofthestomach.”
In the post she praises Zuma, calling him by his clan names before warning that “It’s going to be ugly. Don’t fight someone who is not fighting you.”
In a reply to one of the comments by @sekgakam, who asked “Kusazoshuba, really?” Madiba said her husband didn’t join the African National Congress (ANC) in 1991.
“Kusazoshipha ukotshi darling. UMsholozi did not join the ANC in 1991, jumped ship nor hip hopped between the struggle and wealth accumulation. He left home at a tender age to fight apartheid. He was prepared to pay the ultimate price. He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean #mattersofthestomach (sic).”
On Friday, ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events to focus on “pressing matters”, fuelling speculation that Mr. Ramaphosa was making a final push to force Zuma to step down as South Africa’s head of state.