Probing dad: Zuma jnr asks President about corruption

2011-11-22 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward asked his father a tough question at yesterday’s business breakfast, hosted jointly by the New Age newspaper and the SABC at the Sibiya Casino in Durban.

SABC 2 Morning Live interviewer Peter Ndoro said “you share a surname, I’m not sure you going to be friends after this,” after Edward asked about corruption at eThekwini Municipality — saying there is a probe going on for more than a year with no reports. He said when citizens ask what is happening, they are sent from pillar to post. “Are senior politicians trying to cover up and as president what are you going to do about corrupt eThekwini officials,”

A straight-faced Zuma answered Edward as he would any other citizen. He did not know what was happening in eThekwini, but if people had complained and did not get results, they could take it to the President’s office. “If I receive a complaint I can deal with it,” Zuma said.

KZN Cooperative Governance spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said Edward lived in eThekwini hence his interest. Mabaso said many people were misinformed about the investigation. It started around April and is not yet a year old.

He added investigations are by their very nature complex processes to ensure that evidence stands up in court, innocent people are not implicated and the Ministry is not sued because of shoddy work.

Zuma was asked whether he will act on his spokesperson Mac Maharaj currently being fingered in a corruption expose; and about his feelings for Youth League leader Julius Malema. On Maharaj Zuma said he did not have to act because he had set up the Arms Commission for this purpose.

On Malema, a chuckling Zuma said he relates to him as a comrade, who is young and the leader of the Youth League.

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