Jacob Zuma doesn’t know ‘No 1’ Mzekezeke

2013-11-06 17:37

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President Jacob Zuma has denied knowing who Mzekezeke is after being asked if the popular kwaito star wasn’t, in fact, the real Number 1.

Zuma giggled when he replied, in Xhosa, to Mlindi Nhanha of the Congress of the People (Cope), who asked him in Xhosa if the “Number 1” who was referred to in investigation reports on the landing of the Gupta plane at the Waterkloof Air Force base earlier this year was, in fact, Mzekezeke.

The balaclava-wearing artist’s real identity is an enigma, but it is widely believed to be DJ Sbu.

Nhanha’s question was a follow-up to DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko’s question on whether Zuma had known about the irregular Gupta landing.

Zuma repeated that he had “no knowledge or communication on the landing of a private plane at Waterkloof”.

He said the president wasn’t involved in giving permission for such landings.

Zuma also said “there are so many thousands of people” who landed at airports in the country, including Lanseria and OR Tambo International, the president couldn’t know everything about these.

When asked about the Number 1 referred to in an affidavit by Colonel Christene Anderson, Zuma said he could not answer on behalf of “some official” in a military tribunal.

ANC MP Nyami Booi, in an attempt to clear up misunderstandings, asked Zuma to explain to the public how his office worked.

“The president’s job is not to clear or authorise landings,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the president. The president leads and supervises government.

“The president does not get into operations. Any landing in any airport of any description has nothing to do with the president.”

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