JZ’s son in trouble over fees

2012-09-22 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s cash-strapped son Edward faces further financial woes after a school attached his personal belongings to recoup outstanding fees.

Edward Zuma (35) is no stranger to legal battles over unpaid bills — he was dragged into court in May to pay R1,5 million for his flashy wedding at Tala Game Reserve last year.

This time the figure is more modest — R17 457 — that a Pietermaritzburg primary school said he owes them for fees since last year.

The fees are for a son he had in a relationship prior to his marriage to Phumelele Shange last year.

The school is one of Pietermaritzburg’s top junior schools. Weekend Witness established that Zuma was sent a letter dated September 6, 2011 by the school reminding him he was in arrears and needed to pay up.

Attorney Dave Pool from Austen Smith, representing the school, declined to comment.

A sale in execution notice published yesterday in The Witness lists a number of household items attached from Zuma’s address in Durban North. These include two three-piece lounge suites (one leather), two double-door fridges, two DVD players, a sound system, microwave, two TVs, eight bar stools, a copper table and a TV unit.

Zuma’s home belongs to horseracing owner and security company boss Roy Moodley, a known ANC funder and close friend of the president.

It is the same address in Kentucky Road where Jacob Zuma’s controversial nephew Khulubuse Zuma stashed a fleet of expensive cars when a security company tried to secure some of his goods for an unpaid bill of R10 million.

The home is worth just under R2 million according to municipal valuations.

Moodley was contacted at his security company headquarters in Mount Edgecombe for comment, but was unavailable. Weekend Witness left a message for him to return our call. There was no response.

Zuma could not be reached by phone. Weekend Witness went to his home, but he was out.

A security guard armed with a shotgun said Zuma had left. He accepted a business card and agreed to pass it on to Zuma to call Weekend Witness.

Court papers showed Zuma put down a R1 million deposit with his wedding planners. It left him with a shortfall of R1,5 million.

brett.horner@ witness.co.za

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