DA wants 'Zuma Inc' deals debated

2011-08-15 18:53

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has asked National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu for a special debate on the "growing list of state deals that have benefited President Jacob Zuma's family and friends".

"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," DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said in a statement on Monday.

The most recent "Zuma Inc" deal had seen the President's son-in-law Lonwabo Sambudla linked to a controversial R1bn 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.

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.

Regarding the Imperial Crown Trading 289-Sishen deal, Zuma's son 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.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-15 19:11

    If you sit too near the fire, you will burn.....

  • Hunter 008 - 2011-08-15 19:31

    Can only happen in Africa !!! Steal, steal, rape, rape, kill,kill !!

      Neil - 2011-08-15 19:41

      You forgot one word. Toyi-Toyi.

  • fconnection - 2011-08-15 19:48

    well done DA expose this parasite and all his virus friends that are depleting our economy

  • John - 2011-08-15 19:49

    The theft of public funds is becoming more and more brazen. Before long there will be no more denials and it will be accepted as par for the course -- much as it is in Zimbabwe and other basket-case states in Africa.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 19:57

    The fat incompetent,arrogant has no end to greed! Fill the pockets comrades!

  • call a spade - 2011-08-15 20:01

    the stealing will never end regardless of who will be the african corrupt government of tomorrow. corruption is the lifeblood of african governments. zuma will steal as much as possible while he is "president" so will the next one and the next one ...and the next one. The future of whites , indians and coloured people is in the northern and western cape. sorry for those living in the rest of the babana republic. but there are room enough.

  • kingkong - 2011-08-15 20:03

    and the wheels of the bus goes round and round round and round it will never stop the rich will get richer and us will get nothing nada niks boggerol

  • Danny - 2011-08-15 20:09

    The right thing would be for Zuma to agree to the debate, not doing so will be conclusive proof that he has something to hide.

  • andrew.hartung - 2011-08-15 20:15

    And then Tutu wants to tax us poor white folk!!! How much commission does 1 person make on a R1bn tender?? Tax Zuma Inc. instead, they have more than I will ever own even if I live forever.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-15 20:21

      Zero sum game, andrew.... we could tax them at 100%, it's still our money. This administration is nothing but a drain on our economy, they add no value whatsoever.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 20:23

    Simply -- " a vote of NO confidence" for the corrupt,incompetent JZ

      vtowntekkie - 2011-08-15 20:48

      TOOO-TOOO,what now????

  • Born To Fish - 2011-08-15 20:46

    They did not fight the struggle to be poor! So get over it DA!

      R.Suppards - 2011-08-15 21:31

      A fish rots from the head. Seems you are proof of it

  • Yislaaik - 2011-08-15 23:23

    No doubt about it, the new baas's name is Mr Money. Pity they weren't just left trading with stones, beads and donkeys.

      stuart - 2011-08-16 06:32

      They woulda broken the beads, lost the stones and killed the donkeys!!

  • Trueblue - 2011-08-17 15:53

    Thumbs up to the DA for putting forth this exposure of what the National Democratic Revolution is all about - keeping the poor poor,making the middle class poor and establishing a pseudo-monarchy of wealthy ANC elites that will reign over a delapidated state. Right from the start it was the aim of the ANC to loot the country of its resources.

  • Louis Van Den Elst - 2013-11-03 12:59

    Need to stop the corruption S A will go down the tubes and join Zim

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