Mr Tender's bad debt

2013-07-21 14:48
Deebo Mzobe (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Deebo Mzobe (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Johannesburg - The man entrusted to run a R900m food-security project on behalf of government, is not paying his bills.

City Press revealed on Sunday that Deebo Mzobe, President Jacob Zuma's cousin who manages the Masibambisane rural-development initiative NGO that Zuma chairs, has six default judgments against him for the nonpayment of school fees, loans and personal debt.

Mzobe has, to date, refused to publish Masibambisane’s financial statements, claiming he pays for his own travel and accommodation at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton.

The paper also revealed that Mzobe was scoring big from government construction tenders in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

Credit records show that Mzobe owes his son’s Durban school more than R60 000 in unpaid school fees. He has also been defaulting on a R38 366 loan from Absa and owes Shoprite Checkers R1 460.

Asked about his bad debt and business interests, Mzobe said the questions "don’t make any sense" and he didn’t want to talk about himself.

He again claimed there was no government money coming to Masibambisane, despite last week’s revelations by the Daily Dispatch that the Eastern Cape alone had channelled more than R250m to the president’s NGO.

An agitated Mzobe said: "It is not a government project. I put my own money into it."

He added: "Government asked me. They approached me."
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