The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward has five days to apologise for offensive comments contained in open letter to former ministers Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan.

In the letter Zuma criticises Hanekom and Gordhan’s stance on white monopoly capital.

He calls Hanekom a white Afrikaner askari who will do anything to defend white minority privileges.

The KZN ANC has ordered Zuma to retract his statements.

According to Mdumiseni Ntuli of the KZN ANC, “We have then decided that because the letter was inappropriate…in terms of how Derek was characterised…we believe it was inappropriate…within the next five day he must withdraw…otherwise no option but to take disciplinary measures against him.”

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is planning to act Edward Zuma over the letter.

The commission says it finds the statement offensive and disturbing and that it promotes racial hatred. It says the comments are a violation of the right to freedom of expression.