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eThekwini Mayor Kaunda told SAHRC he only has political relations with Zuma

The mayor testified before the panel investigating the violence and looting.

Mayor of Thekwini Municipality Mxolisi Kaunda (left) testified at the National Inquiry hearing into the July 2021 unrest on February 28, 2022. Photo: @SAHRCommission/Twitter

DURBAN – The mayor of eThekwini, Mxolisi Kaunda, told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry into the July unrest that he only shares a political relationship with the former President Jacob Zuma.

The mayor testified before the panel investigating the violence and looting.

He was testifying as the executive mayor of the city of Durban – he is also one of those who publicly expressed support for Zuma during the unrest.

However, Kaunda said their relationship was purely political and based on the work they had done together.

Kaunda has been very outspoken about his support for the former president.

Even when it came to asking for his release from prison last year, he has publicly stated his support for the former statesman.

But during his cross-examination before the panel on Monday, Kaunda said he had no personal relationship with the former president.

“You don’t develop personal relationships with leaders, you develop relationships that are informed by the revolution, so I interact with all the leaders who are leading during this time when you are also leading,” Kaunda said.

He also told the panel that while they respect the court’s decision to jail Zuma, he is concerned about the former president’s health and status.



eThekwini Mayor Kaunda told SAHRC he only has political relations with Zuma

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