Presidency mum on benefits for Zuma’s love child

2010-02-04 14:24

The presidency today refused to disclose whether President Jacob

with Irvin Khoza’s daughter would qualify for any state sponsored

benefits.


“If you are asking that question, you are taking it too far,” said

presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.


“The president has no duty to disclose. We can have no doubt that

he has fulfilled his responsibility. There is a birth certificate at home

affairs that registered the father as Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.”


Kodwa said it was up to Zuma to decide whether he would recognise

his four-month-old daughter with Sonono Khoza as a dependent for the purpose of

membership of the Parmed Medical Aid Scheme policy, towards which the state

makes a two-thirds tariff contribution.


“The president may have more than one policy, he may have three. It

is his decision. We don’t know that. Why must we be concerned?”


In terms of the handbook for members of the executive, children of

members qualify for transport to school and for up to six free domestic flights

a year, although the state does not cover their school fees.

T
he cost of Zuma’s extended household has been the subject of

speculation, increasingly so since he married again this year, bringing the

number of first ladies to three.


His wives qualify for medical aid and travel benefits.


The same rules that apply to spouses also apply to what the

handbook terms “permanent companions”.


Zuma yesterday admitted that he had an extra-marital relationship

with Khoza and fathered a child with her last year.

He complained that the

newspaper expose of the affair had unfairly subjected those involved “to harsh

media exposure merely because of the position I occupy”.

 

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