There is a persistent rumour that has been circulating on Twitter so often that it’s almost gained the veneer of being an accepted fact – and that is that Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa is President Jacob Zuma’s son.
The rumour, which dates from at least 2011 on Twitter, appears to be based primarily on claims that the president and Mthethwa have strikingly similar features, while Zuma allegedly dated Mthethwa’s mother in the 1960s.
However, the rumour cannot possibly be true since the president was, from 1963 to 1973, imprisoned on Robben Island. For the 10 years that he was on Robben Island, Zuma never received a single visitor. His mother, a domestic worker, was unable to afford the fare, according to SA History Online.
Mthethwa was born in 1967.
Have a look at the remarkable resemblance for yourself though:
The rumour has again resurfaced following the president’s Cabinet reshuffle last week, with people wading in with their theories to explain how and why Zuma appointed, shuffled and fired ministers.
Mthethwa, who remained the arts and culture minister despite last week’s purge, is married to businesswoman Philisiwe Buthelezi Mthethwa, who, according to the rumours, is the sister of the new deputy minister of finance, Sifiso Buthelezi.
Yoh! As if Zuma doesn’t have enough children already, Twitter is determined to make the family tree even bigger.
This is what people have been saying on the social media network through the years:
Zuma's son, Nathi Mthethwa now has his brother-in-law as new Finance Deputy Minister
— Phahlamohlaka (@MakadikweNgwato) March 30, 2017
My conspiracy theorist friend is obsessed with the idea of Nathi Mthethwa being Zuma's son. It's all I have to listen to these days ????
— Shezi (@Shezi_one) March 28, 2016
Ok now I believe the clains that Nathi Mthethwa is Zuma's son.
— Ntombifuthi Ntuli (@futhigirl) June 28, 2015
Zuma says Nathi Mthethwa & Buffalo acted accordingly just like his son who killed a woman in Sandton & matter is nw wrapped under the carpet
— Dr_Narri (@Narril_dihno) June 24, 2015
Nathi Mthethwa is Zuma's son ne guys?
— Sibabalwe (@Sieba_) March 21, 2015
— Beautiful flower (@zafpeb) May 5, 2013
Other people who are related to the president, according to the rumours, are Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane, and former police minister Nathi Nhleko (now the minister of public works), whose father is apparently Zuma’s brother from KwaMaphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal.
A list of new ministers has been circulating on Facebook showing how most of them are from KwaZulu-Natal, leaving those who shared it alleging that tribalism is alive and well in government.
Find the list below:
SA President – KZN
Minister of Justice – KZN
Minister of Police – KZN
Minister of State Security – KZN
Minister of Communications – KZN
Minister of Public Enterprises – KZN
Minister of Social Development – KZN
Minister of Correctional Services – KZN
Minister of Finance – KZN
Minister of Higher Education Minister – KZN
Minister of Labour – KZN
Minister of Home Affairs – KZN
National Director of Public Prosecutions – KZN
Head of the Special Investigative Unit – KZN
Cosatu President – KZN
SACP Boss – KZN
What do you think?