Move over, Elon – there’s another Musk hitting the headlines.
Errol Musk, the family’s patriarch, is in the news after confirming that he became the father of another secret love child with his stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout, 35.
The 76-year-old is most notable for being Elon’s estranged father, where the couple famously collapsed several years ago. Elon, 51, was brought to tears when he discussed his father in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017, in which he described him as “evil” and “a terrible human being.”
But little is known about Errol outside his native South Africa, where he has made a name for himself as a strong engineer, property developer and political advocate who was strongly opposed to apartheid.
Like his son, the wealthy business owner – who was once rumored to be a co-owner of a Zambian emerald mine – has also been embroiled in controversy.
Decades ago, Errol allegedly shot and killed three armed intruders who broke into his home in Johannesburg. According to some reports, Elon is reported to have witnessed the attack, with Errol later telling Rolling Stone that he was acting in self-defense; he was never convicted of any crime.
Here’s the incredible true story of Errol Musk – and the striking similarities he shares with his powerful son.
A family of innovators and adventurers
Given Elon Musk’s interest in exploration and adventure, it’s no surprise that he comes from fearless tribes, and it’s Errol’s side of the family that is apparently responsible for his innovative, envelope-pushing genes.
Errol’s grandmother was Canada’s first chiropractor, while Errol’s own mother and father were the first two people to fly from South Africa to Australia in a single-engine plane, according to Forbes magazine.
Errol himself has an adventurous streak and is an avid sailor and pilot. He began his career as an electromechanical engineer.
In 1970, Errol married model Maye Haldeman Musk, before the couple welcomed three children: Elon, Kimbal and Tosca.
As a child, Elon had a close relationship with her father and grew up prosperous in Pretoria. Errol was elected to the Pretoria City Council in 1972 and was an outspoken advocate of abolishing apartheid. His children were reportedly influenced by his liberal political views.
When Errol and Maye divorced in 1979, a then 8-year-old Elon chose to live with her father.
According to Ashlee Vance’s 2017 Tesla founder biography, “the Musk family owned one of the largest houses in Pretoria thanks to the success of Errol’s engineering business,” which included “major projects such as office buildings, retail complexes, housing units and an air force base.”
The Daily Mail has reported that Errol was a multimillionaire before he turned 30 years old.
Meanwhile, Elon himself has admitted that his father has a very high IQ and is “brilliant at engineering.” In 2017, he also told Rolling Stone that Errol was “the youngest person to receive a professional engineering qualification in South Africa.”
“I’m obviously good at engineering – it’s because I inherited it from my father,” said the world’s richest man. “What is very difficult for others is easy for me. For a while, I thought things were so obvious that everyone has to know.”
Elon, however, has disputed allegations that he grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. He has also denied rumors that his father co-owned a Zambian emerald mine, writes on Twitter in 2019: “He did not own an emerald mine and I worked my way through college and ended up with ~ $ 100,000 in student debt. I could not even afford another PC on Zip2, so programmed at night and the website only worked during the day. “
A violent act
On an unknown date, Errol allegedly shot and killed three of up to half a dozen armed intruders who broke into his home in Johannesburg, according to Rolling Stone.
The patriarch confirmed the shootings to the publication in 2017 and said charges of manslaughter were later dropped because he acted in self-defense.
It is unclear how old Elon was at the time – and whether he was present at all is disputed.
In the recent Channel 4 documentary “Elon Musk: Superhero or Supervillain”, co-founder of SpaceX, Jim Cattrell, claimed that Elon was at home at the time. In an interview with Express, Cattrell recalled: “One night they were sitting in the living room and his father said ‘Everyone down! Come down!'”
He continued: “He grabbed some weapons that could be seen on the cameras, there were some uninvited guests who came over the walls and they were also armed. There was a shooting in the living room and I guess his father shot them and killed them.
“Elon was a witness to this, bullets flying around,” Cattrell further claimed. ‘So it was very formative for him. You could see in the way that he told the story. He had the feeling that it was definitely not a safe place to be and he had to get out of hell.
At some point after the shooting, the relationship between father Errol and son Elon became sour.
“He was such a terrible human being. You have no idea. My father wants a carefully thought out plan for evil. He wants to plan evil, Elon tearfully told Rolling Stone in 2017.
“Almost every crime you can think of he has ever committed,” he continued. “Almost all the evil you could have imagined he has done.”
Elon clarified that his father was never physically violent towards him and that he once tried to repair the relationship by inviting his father to live with him in the United States.
Any reconciliation, however, was apparently short-lived.
“In my experience, there’s nothing you can do,” Elon said of Errol. “Nothing nothing. I want. I have tried everything. I tried threats, rewards, intellectual arguments, emotional arguments, everything to try to change my father for the better, and he ingen by no means, it just got worse.”
Errol subsequently told the publication in an email: “I have been accused of being a homosexual, a misogynist, a pedophile, a traitor, a rat, an S – t (quite often), a bastard (by many women, if attention I did not come back) and much more.My own (wonderful) mother told me that I am ‘ruthless’ and should learn to be more ‘humane.’ But I love my children and want to do anything for them. “
Errol and Elon’s feud has reportedly been exacerbated by the patriarch’s eyebrow-raising conditions.
Following his divorce from Elon’s mother, Errol married Heide Bezuidenhout, a young widow who already had two children, including 4-year-old Jana Bezuidenhout.
Errol and Heide had their own children, but he also helped raise Jana. Errol and Heide eventually divorced after an 18-year marriage.
In 2017, family members were stunned when Jana became pregnant with Errol’s baby. Elon is said to be particularly furious that his father had fertilized his step-sister.
Errol’s other children also “shocked” us and were uncomfortable with the surprise pregnancy.
“They still don’t like it,” Errol admitted in a new interview with The Sun: “They still feel a little creepy about it because she’s their sister. Their half-sister.”
The child, a boy named Elliot Rush, is now 5 years old. On Wednesday, Errol confirmed that he and Jana had welcomed another child, a daughter who is now 3.
The 76-year-old has not ruled out having more children, saying, “The only thing we are on Earth for is to reproduce.”
That way, after all, Errol can be like the alienated Elon.
Tesla’s CEO has had 10 children. It was revealed last week that he welcomed two children with a manager in his artificial intelligence company, Neuralink, just weeks before his second child with his ex-girlfriend, Grimes, was born.