Zuma's nephew wants to be treated "differently"

By Drum Digital
24 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma's nephew has asked to be treated differently in terms of the Aurora fraud case.

Khulubuse Zuma has asked to be excused from being a willing participant in Aurora mine's botched attempt of buying gold mines in the East Rand and Orkney in 2009.

Business Day reports that directors at the Aurora mine could be found guilty of acting "recklessly and fraudulently" when they tried to take over Pamodzi group's mine.

Before a full business sale was agreed upon, there were reported incidents of workers going without pay for four months, stripping of assets and and illegal mining.

Liquidators for Pamodzi say that the company lost about R1,5 billion due to Aurora's actions and have asked that Aurora's directors , which include Zuma, as well as the investors to foot the bill.

In a counter of this claim, Zuma's lawyer Griffiths Madonsela has asked for the President's nephew to be excused from the actions the Pretoria High Court decides to take because at the time of these acts, he was only a non-executive director so this makes him "different" to his co-accused.

Mandosela has asked that Zuma "not be crucified for failing to raise a dead Lazarus" and that the liquidators could not prove that Zuma was aware of any recklessness or fraud.

Zuma's counsel also pointed out that once his client found out about the situation, he attempted to mitigate the circumstance by making "personal sacrifices" by paying the mine's security costs out of his own pocket.

Court proceedings with the other directors as well as investors will continue today.

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