WHEN she heard her son was defending Jacob Zuma, she had some words for him that he might be thinking about now.

Get off the front line of this, she said.


The mum of former Ukhozi FM DJ and SABC1 Roots presenter, Ngizwe Mchunu, has broken her silence about her son’s arrest.

Heartbroken Duduzile maNtombela-Mchunu said she warned Ngizwe not to be at the forefront of the supporters who were defending former president Jacob Zuma.

She said Ngizwe, who was born in Nkandla, told her he was defending Nkandla from disrespectful people.

Ngizwe made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court last Wednesday after he handed himself over to police in KZN.

He is currently remanded in custody and will appear again on 28 July for bail application.

Ngizwe was charged with incitement to commit public violence during the civil unrest in Mzansi.

Duduzile told Daily Sun she started warning Ngizwe when she saw him on TV talking to journalists outside Zuma’s home before the former president handed himself to the authorities.

“I told him to stop being on the front line of this.

“He said his case is different because he never even went to the courts to defend Zuma,” she said.

She said she doesn’t believe her son was capable of doing something like this.

“Ngizwe said the government failed to prevent the damage and unrest by coming up with a good way of conducting Zuma’s matter,” she said.

The mom said she doesn’t think in all the things that Ngizwe said, he encouraged anyone to loot.

She said it was painful to see Ngizwe going down from the dock after his court appearance and being painted as a hardcore criminal.

Ngizwe was the programme director earlier this month when Zuma addressed his supporters in Nkandla a few days before he handed himself to the authorities at Estcourt correctional services, prison where he is serving his 15 month sentence.