How have the Zuma family NPOs complied with the law?

2015-07-20 13:33
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Durban - The Zuma family-linked Non-Profit Organisations have almost without exception breached the law on filing financial and other documents with the Department of Social Development.

President Jacob Zuma's first wife and childhood sweetheart, Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma, is the registered director for the Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma Foundation.

The non-profit organisation was registered in 2014 and is described as a development and housing, economic, social and community development, community and neighbourhood organisation. The foundation has not submitted financial reports since it was registered.

Nompumelelo Ntuli, Zuma’s current second wife, chairs the MaNtuli-Zuma Foundation which has the same functions as that of MaKhumalo-Zuma’s foundation.

MaNtuli-Zuma is no stranger to controversy. In 2012 she was the treasurer of Intsika Yembokodo Development, an NGO in which Zwelinzima Vavi’s wife, Noluthando, was a director and which ceased operating after funds allegedly ran dry.

MaNtuli-Zuma’s foundation was registered in 2011, but the board has not submitted reports since March 2012.

First lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, the president’s current fourth wife, registered the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation Trust in 2010. The foundation is registered as a public health and wellness education trust. The board has not submitted financial statements since March 2012.

The Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative, which is chaired by Zuma, is run by his distant cousin, controversial businessman Deebo Mzobe. The project purportedly focuses on housing, economic, social and community development, community and neighbourhood organisations. The initiative, which was formed in 2000, came under fire when it allegedly bullied the government into committing nearly R900 million to the programme in 2013.

The board has not submitted financial reports since 2013. In the same year, the Daily Dispatch reported that the Eastern Cape government had paid R250 million to the initiative to finance farming projects.

The president’s current third wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma runs the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation. The president earlier this year supported his wife by launching the "Warriors Walk for Cancer" initiative, the brainchild of Madiba Zuma's foundation. Registered in 2010, the foundation submitted financial reports in 2012 and 2013 but failed to do so in 2014.

Over a period of two weeks, News24 made repeated effort by phone, SMS and e-mail to reach each of the organisations mentioned in this report. Only the Tobeka Madiba-Foundation responded.

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