Presidency refuses to comment on claims Zuma met with Cape crime lords

2015-11-20 10:17
President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

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Cape Town – The Presidency on Friday refused to comment on a report alleging that President Jacob Zuma met with gang leaders in the Western Cape in 2011.

The Mail & Guardian article alleges that Zuma hosted crime bosses, including Quinton “Mr Big” Marinus and “Americans” leader Igshaan Davids, commonly known as “Sanie American” at the presidential estate in Rondebosch in 2011. 

When asked for comment, the Presidency dismissed the claims as “gossip” which did not warrant a response. 

When News24 followed up with Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola, he said: "I've already given my comment to them [the M&G]. Why would I say something else?"
 
The newspaper says that, according to two independent sources, Zuma’s son Duduzane met the group of alleged criminal masterminds at the gates of the presidential estate and reportedly made sure security guards didn’t record the identities of the visitors.

The meeting’s facilitator, Lloyd Hill, thanked the president for meeting the group, saying in Afrikaans that this was their chance to ask Zuma for what they wanted, and also assured them that “die ou ballie is net so ‘n naai soos ons [the old timer is a fucker just like us]”.

According to one version of the meeting, Marinus or Davids reportedly said they would win the Western Cape back for the ANC. 

One of them also said they were having problems with the SA Revenue Service, and according to the M&G Zuma reportedly said he would look into that matter.

The allegation also involves Western Cape policeman Paul Scheepers, who is charged with fraud and violating the Electronic Communications Act. Scheepers also owns a private security company.

The ANC alleges that Premier Helen Zille hired Scheepers to spy on the ANC, and laid charges at the Cape Town Central police station against her for “employing a private covert intelligence investigator to execute illegal communications surveillance work on state land and property”, News24 reported. Zille's office meanwhile said it hired Scheepers in 2010 after Zille suspected that her phone and the phones of her provincial cabinet had been bugged by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Cape Times reported.

Davids is one of the Western Cape’s best-known gang leaders. According to News24, he was charged earlier this year with possession of drugs, a weapon and crayfish.

According to his affidavit,  Davids has been convicted of five crimes between 1989 and 2014. He received seven years for culpable homicide in 1991. Last year, he received a R3 000 fine and a suspended sentence for possession of 10 Mandrax tablets.

In August 2013, Sars had Marinus and his wife Davidene sequestrated when they didn’t pay R3.2m in taxes, The Times reported.

Marinus was acquitted of more than 100 criminal counts, including murder and robbery, in 2010.

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