Presidency rejects call on 'Zuma Inc' deals

2011-08-15 21:20

Cape Town - The presidency has "rejected" a Democratic Alliance call for a parliamentary debate on the "growing list of state deals that have benefited President Jacob Zuma's family and friends".

"The President does not hold any personal or financial interest in any business or corporate entity," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"He makes his annual declaration of interests to the secretary of cabinet. The declaration is designed to ensure that a conflict of interest does not arise in the performance of his executive office."

The financial interest that the President had to disclose related directly to the president as well as to spouses and dependants.

He did not declare assets or interests that belonged to persons other than spouses and dependants.

"The properties and assets of adult children are likewise not declared and are not the President's responsibility or liability.

"The presidency has previously rejected the baseless rumours of a relationship or friendship with Mr Roux Shabangu from whom the SAPS sought to lease accommodation for offices," Maharaj said.

Earlier, DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said he was asking National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu for a special debate on the matter.

"The National Assembly rules make provision for matters of public importance, which the DA believes this to be, to be placed on the order paper for discussion," he said in a statement.

The most recent "Zuma Inc" deal had seen the President's son-in-law Lonwabo Sambudla linked to a controversial R1 billion state tender, he said.

"It is quite clear that, given the involvement of his affiliates in controversial state deals, the President's ability to speak out against corruption is fundamentally compromised.

"This state of affairs has rendered him seemingly emasculated and unable to take action against high-ranking government officials found guilty of corruption, most recently the National Police Commissioner and minister of public works."

Zuma should come before Parliament as a matter of urgency to account for the numerous reports concerning "Zuma Inc", and to explain how so many of his affiliates had been on the receiving end of lucrative government contracts, Trollip said.

In addition to the most recent scandal involving Sambudla, Zuma's affiliates had been linked to controversial deals since he took office.

These included the SA Police Service (SAPS) lease saga, in which "Zuma affiliate" Roux Shabangu was the owner of the buildings involved in the Durban and Pretoria lease scandals.

Cause for concern

It was interesting to note that since receiving the Public Protector's most recent report into these deals, the president had broken his silence only once - to distance himself from Shabangu.

In the Aurora Empowerment Systems-Pamodzi deal, the inexperienced Aurora, of which Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma was a director, was controversially named the preferred party to take over the Pamodzi mines ahead of a number of established bidders, Trollip said.

Regarding the Imperial Crown Trading 289-Sishen deal, Zuma's Duduzane Zuma was linked through his business partner Jagdish Parekh to the inexperienced Imperial Crown Trading, which was awarded prospecting rights to a residual share of the Sishen iron ore mine.

"The expansion of the Zuma family's business interests, particularly in sectors with prominent state involvement, is a cause for deep concern."

Despite Zuma's protestations about his administration's commitment to tackling corruption, his compromised position would continue to undermine any attempt to address the abuse of state power for personal gain.

"This is an attitude that appears to have permeated the national government at large.

"Subversive attempts to impede the work of corruption-busting institutions such as the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and public protector have exposed this administration's intolerance of any investigations that may hit too close to home," Trollip said.

  • Gomez - 2011-08-15 21:28


      Macho Mike - 2011-08-15 21:50

      Eish, you mean Ali Zuma and the forty thieves.

      MarkL - 2011-08-15 22:04

      Zuma: You can ma laugh you whity's, me and my comrades will steal this country right from under your ass's. It's like the London riots, you can't keep track anymore of who is stealing what and worst is they (the ANC) don't even care anymore, who will hold them to account - everyone is in their pocket. Soon you will get a tender document that's only got one line: Send cash here to get tender. Thanks. Zuma and Malema

      James Weather - 2011-08-15 22:13

      Zuma must go ........ ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-15 22:51

      - Okay , so Zuma does all his shady deals in the name of his adult children/ nephews etc. and need'nt declare this. Malema does his thieving through a trust and declares nothing. How pathetic is that ? So the moral of this Anc method is you can steal what you like, as long as the loot goes into someone elses name. What a scam. Morally speaking,these people are all decadent.

      fraserm - 2011-08-15 23:40

      If action was seen to be taken regularly and consistently by Zuma, in other words, backing up his statement that government were committed to eradicating corruption, it would not be necessary to question.!!!

      Met - 2011-08-16 05:02

      Some countries or territories, have a president, others a prime minister.Then there are those who have a big chief and then at the bottom of the pile, the countries which are going down the tube, they have a big THIEF.

      The Wonderer - 2011-08-16 07:40

      AGAIN, I call for a vote of NO confidence in the Zuma administration/ANC!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 08:07

      5 years ago, Shabier Sheik was tossing the Zuma Compound some scraps to the tune of R500K a year..... because "HIS FRIEND" could not make ends meet... Today, the Zuma Compound is getting a MAKE OVER to the tune of R63 MILLION!!!!!!! WTF did that cash come from????? The GUPTA'S? The SHEIKS??? His children's TRUST FUNDS????? Serious people, since this idiot has come to power, CORRUPTION REVELATIONS in the HEADLINES has TRIPLED!!!!!! Todate, I have not seen ONE CASE of PROSECUTION!!!!!!! Says something about that Puppet they call a President!

      Mike_L - 2011-08-16 09:01

      Says Trollip of Zuma: "This state of affairs has rendered him seemingly emasculated..." Ha, ha... if only that were literally true, there'd be fewer dependants in the ever-growing Zuma family.

  • Neil - 2011-08-15 21:30

    Well, crime is the way in SA.. All Zuma and the ANC knows. Crime, tenders and how to swindle money. Are they good for anything except being a nuisance to society? Zille, don't drop this.. Take this as far as you can and nail this clown.

      Met - 2011-08-16 05:14

      Its abundantly clear that this is a fight that cannot be fought on SA soil. What is taking place in SA, must be hung out for all to see internationally.I am not idealistic, but these mobsters a.k.a the government of SA, will not listen to the DA, but there is an outside chance that they may just start listening to the international media. They must also tell the regime that Zuma is at the forefront of corruption, because whenever he vaguely refers to corruption,he does so as if he is totally removed from the problem, while in fact, he is at the core of it.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 08:09

      ZEE...Zuma Economic Empowerment!!! South Africa is being run like a "FAMILY BUSINESS"!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Voyager - 2011-08-15 21:32

    Now there's a surprise!! Phansi cANCer, phansi!!

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-15 21:33

    of course his fellow muppets will reject the request. they dont want the DA to uncover the locomotive of the gravy train!!

  • Mikaeel - 2011-08-15 21:36

    Where is our village idiot? Strike season must be keeping polioyotonki very bizy... Always looked forward to his senseless ramblings.

      Anonymus - 2011-08-15 21:38

      i dont this his black baas will allow him on the computa at this time of night :p

      Neil - 2011-08-15 21:39

      @Mikhael: Must say I also find his arguments most amusing.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-15 22:56

      - They always steer clear of an argument about their corrupt leaders.

  • beicime - 2011-08-15 21:39

    What else could one expect! But then, why is the Presidency affraid?

      cliffarc - 2011-08-15 22:53

      - The answer to that is obvious. He continues to wriggle his way out of his thievery.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 21:45

    Too much to hide in to little time comrades!

  • Ndlovu - 2011-08-15 22:04

    neve uncover a stinky fish!!!!

  • Zupta - 2011-08-15 22:08

    Do we try to "vote out" carjackers and muggers? Do we politely petition and lobby common thugs to please not assault us and rob us? Of course not. Not only is it ineffective to ask crooks to please be nice, but there's no need to "win them over." We don't need their permission in order to have the right to defend ourselves and our property. And yet ALL "political reform" that you'll hear about from any but the most "extreme" corners consists of ASKING tyrants to please not oppress us so much. In short, the minds of the oppressed are stuck in a paradigm which renders futile all of their efforts to achieve freedom.

  • andrew - 2011-08-15 22:11

    A fish rots from it's head down!!!! The umfaan learned from the best, just a pity they are not the role models they need to be??? But!! the winds of change are blowing!

  • SNOTKOP - 2011-08-15 23:41

    You mean Jacob Zuma is the president of South Africa, who the heck is he, i`ve never heard of (from) him?. Here I was thinking Julius Malema was the President of South Africa and the ANCYL the appointed cabinet!. Come`on be honest with me, tell me the truth, is Jacob Zuma really the president of SA or is this article a hoax?

  • Tsidiso - 2011-08-16 07:04

    The biggest criminal in south africa is it's president and family!!! It's very sad that there will be nothing left for our children oneday!!!!

  • Sisie - 2011-08-16 07:16

    Please people he is "Misunderstood" and uneducated. The people gave him the blank cheque so therefore he is using it to the best of his ability - stashing it away in various accounts of family & friends. Oh you mean the blank cheque was for the benefit of the people so what do you call the family & friends (aren't they people) oh you mean the other people, screw them.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-08-16 08:04

    This is all starting to sounfd like a bad soap opera - except even in Hollywood it would not fly because it is too unbelievable... The Cosa Nostra have nothing on the Xhosa Nostra... JR Ewing was like a bad caricature of Zuma... i can imagine the Cabinet meetings with Zuma wheezing like the godfather: We need to find more ways of bleeding the whites before they all leave... What about the NHI? Wealth tax on Whites? Nationalisation? Tolls? there must be some way of getting more money for us to steal...

  • Kevin - 2011-08-16 08:45

    Is this a case of Let the truth not be told. There are only two countries in the world where this could happen. SA and Zim. Funny that they are next to each other.

  • Kevin - 2011-08-16 08:47

    Looks like Malemma has serious competition.

      Renee Marais - 2013-11-04 09:49

      lol@Kevin, well said

  • Nikki - 2011-08-16 11:18

    Eish guys ... why so harsh on our President. Don't you know he is just "misunderstood" due to his cultural background. He is a self educated man unlike other presidents... so leave him man he will sort this place out in African time based on a unique technique he will devise during his next self educating session.

  • Eduard Louis Goldschagg - 2013-11-03 11:35

    Mac Maharaj is a Zuma puppet. He jumps when he is told to jump and his actions and pontificating are directly related to the strings pulled.He must do it - there is a nice fat cheque waiting for him every end of the month, plus, plus other perks. Zuma on the other hand may not have any direct involvement in family business but all he has to do is pick up his telephone and say " I want you to do this or that" and the magic wand comes into action. Nobody must tell me that this is not happening!

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