UDM shocked by more Zuma business ties

2011-02-20 22:01

Johannesburg - United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa says he is "dismayed" by a new report that President Jacob Zuma’s family is benefiting from business deals involving the government.

"The UDM has noted President Zuma’s position that there is nothing wrong with his family getting involved in business," Holomisa said in a statement on Sunday.

"However, it cannot be justifiable that his family should benefit personally from his position or his trips abroad on government business, such as is the case in these latest media reports that his son is going to benefit from the multi-billion rand rail projects announced recently by the minister of transport."

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma's son Duduzane and business tycoon Rajesh Gupta were directors and shareholders in a deal with China Railway Construction Corporation that places them at the forefront to cash in on the government's R550bn rail infrastructure programme.

"This sends the wrong message entirely, it compromises the president and the country, and puts South Africa in the same league as those presidents and countries in northern Africa who have recently been subject to popular revolt," Holomisa said.

"The UDM calls on President Zuma’s family to immediately withdraw from all business contracts that relate in any way to government business -  such dealings constitute a conflict of interest."

  • Warren - 2011-02-20 22:26

    This is brazen corruption and theft. These guys have no shame. Where are they going to get the %550 billion from?

      feppie - 2011-02-21 06:24

      This is what overseas INVESTMENT looks like. We are made to believe that overseas INVESTMENT is so great for the country. Cr*p. It's the CORRUPT ELITE that pockets the BILLIONS! And meanwhile the resultant company bleeds our country's resources dry!

      sessisie - 2011-02-21 07:24

      I truly don't think they even comprehend that what they are doing is wrong.

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 08:41

      This is getting out of hand!!

      IandI - 2011-02-21 08:54

      The last time Gen. Bantu Holomisa became aware of corruption in the former Trankei homeland, he staged a coup. Are we going to see a repeat, general..or have they taken your mchini away??

      rethan - 2011-02-21 08:58

      bunch of corrupt F##%$, That whole family should be in jail. Once again, EISH WENA!

      African'shtr - 2011-02-21 10:09

      halfwise you mad my brother are you also a member of zuma's family

      DT - 2011-02-21 12:21

      Investment.... is that what they are call it when government just passes the bill onto the tax payer? First we have to borrow billions to pay for our power stations, we pay another country to build our roads and government thinks it can just keep going? The tax payer is governments playing card. Government can only get the loans approved if they can prove we can pay it back. SARS is the only department running effectively for a reason. What they don't realize is they are selling us out... spending money we won't have much longer.

      TheNewSA - 2011-03-05 20:23

      They don't give a crap about this country. They are going to rape it as much as possible, they probably don't even care if they lose the elections now, cos they can go and retire abroad on their amassed wealth gained from the taxpayers.

  • Smaal - 2011-02-20 22:49

    .... and no one saw this coming... Hahahahaha! Come on! Nepotism, bribery and corruption is part of the ANC’s culture. I don’t see why people are acting so surprised.

  • CITIZEN - 2011-02-20 22:54

    what do you expect it is time for the next egypt ;tunisia;libya;yemen

      Kenko - 2011-02-21 11:22

      Problem is, ANC supporters will attack the opposition, us, nand ot the corrupt government. The innocents will have to run for their lives.

  • SimonP - 2011-02-20 23:07

    The only surprise here is that anyone is actually surprised that Zuma is enriching himself to the tune of biilions. ANC supporters- you idiots.

  • G0ldf!nger - 2011-02-20 23:18

    Why does the writer say "UDM President Bantu Holomisa", when he/she could just as well say Bantu Holomisa, since he is the UDM. Or is there someone else who also belongs to the UDM? I thought all it's members had left, and it was just Bantu. As for Zuma and his lighty's benefiting from his position,why is anyone surprised? Zuma as head of the African Nepotism Congress was always going to enrich himself and his family before passing the platter around to Juli-aas and Gwede "Mr Miaggi" Mantashe and the rest of the clownsin government. I mean really, these stories don't shock us anymore than if we heard that a 80 year old granny was caught molesting a donkey in Bushbuckridge.

      Voidy - 2011-02-21 12:26

      That was my donkey, i'm laying charges

  • Mantsho - 2011-02-21 01:06

    Believe me or not what is going to happen to South Africa, is going to be worser than that of Tunisia and Egypt,South Africa is going down because of this Zulu people,they are the only one in goverment and they are the only one stealing from the poor,and they are greedy.!!!

      Picasso - 2011-02-21 07:17

      That is just nonsence Manthso, each one of the ANC morons are involved with corruption and are stealing from the poor, that is why they joined the ANC in the first place.

      neljn18 - 2011-02-21 07:21

      Mantsho, and you all will still vote for the ANC, they only enriching themselves, because if we keep the poor, poor they will believe our promises.

      African'shtr - 2011-02-21 10:11

      true that my brother these people can't think the only thing they know is how to use a spear

      Jan - 2011-02-21 16:23

      LMFAO! typical...

  • Sedick - 2011-02-21 01:58

    And there are still lot's of ANC supporters that believe that Zuma was framed with the Arms deal/Shaik and the rape charges were a in cloud cukoo land!! This should surely not shock the rest......once corrupt, then always.....they will squeeze out the last cent from South Africa, and then live in decadent luxury in another corrupt African country....or even Saudi if they do not fold soon as well. He does not care if people know....why do you think he is appointing all his friends in NPP, and disbanded the SKORPIONS. Now he will replace all the Constitutional Court judges with his buddies as well. VIVA ANC, VIVA SKELMS, VIVA, VIVA

  • ryan.macdougall - 2011-02-21 04:50

    To be a share holder you need money how did zumas son get enough money?

      Peter - 2011-02-21 07:27

      You do not need money to be a shareholder, all you need is access to the golden gate that they need and they will provide the rest. And the people think Colonism robbed the country, wait until the east take everything, then we will see.

      Felix - 2011-02-21 08:02

      He got billions for sweeping in and signing a piece of paper with Mandelas grandson giving them prospecting rights to land that was being mined. They got about 400 mil each and 9 Bil in shares for signing a piece of paper!

  • Aristar - 2011-02-21 06:08

    Zuma is not allowed to kill his enemies violently as his ancestors did. Now he will kill them with poverty and corruption.

  • feppie - 2011-02-21 06:15

    Where did I here this story before? Yes - the Mubrak family off course!! He can't help the poor, BUT HE CAN HELP HIS FAMILY!!

      Peter - 2011-02-21 07:28

      Don't worry, it will not be long before the South African poor repeat what is happening in the north. Please can someone tell me how the VOTE helps you feed your family.

  • joubert.joep - 2011-02-21 06:27

    North Africa... South Africa... We will be the same one of these days.

  • Nuusleser24 - 2011-02-21 06:33

    JZ is feathering his nest for the future. After being Prez, just see how quickly he will all of a sudden become a director in all these companies. And then getting a state pension to boost!

  • kznsc - 2011-02-21 06:33

    Someone should investigate these Gupta characters, the whole family, something smells.........Another National Cashflow

      kznsc - 2011-02-21 06:43

      It seems like they are another bunch of "untouchable's"

  • nonduplume - 2011-02-21 06:48

    You just can't keep a good corrupt family and friends down! This has always been the way that JZ operates - in the background family and friends mop up the gravy as was the case in KZN.

  • Joy - 2011-02-21 07:17

    corruption, corruption, corruption.

  • Willem G - 2011-02-21 07:22

    The Western Cape must secede from this mess - let the ANC rule the north "until Jesus comes". Or until their supporters wake up...

  • hermannb - 2011-02-21 07:48

    Why are you shocked Mr Holomisa ? It is not against the law.It is part of the other CEO"s.

      Jo - 2011-02-21 12:55

      Because he understand the difference between right and wrong, not just right and left? Wish he'd align himself with some other opposition parties, I'd vote for him - brave, independent, smart... sigh.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-21 08:12

    Viva ANC viva. This is why I have cancelled all my D/O that I had supporting charities. I feel I pay ENOUGH tax to help all these charities etc. Aricles like this show the world why Africa is a cess pool of filth. The ruling elite will take take take and the poor shall remain in squalor and continue to be subserviant to their new masters. Viva government contracts Viva. Just remember that Zuma has many many kids that will need employment and government contracts one day. Let the poor eat cake.

  • Mikea - 2011-02-21 08:21

    WHOW ?????? How surprising???? Our President setting the Example for other ANC FATCATS to follow. They are all the same. Money grabbing, who don't care about anything but themselves. When are the poor millions going to wakeup and stop voting for these crooks.

  • ji - 2011-02-21 08:27

    WHY THEY WONT STOP CRIME Take just one million home owners in Gauteng who pay for "armed crime reaction" This service costs on average R250 p.m. Therefore 1,000,000 x R240.00 x 12 months x 14% VAT, generates R403 million in tax revenue for the SA Govt! Example 2: A car thief steals a R500,000 car and receives between R10,000 and R30,000 for his deed. The car owner is paid out by insurance and then purchases another similar vehicle, on which he pays 14% VAT of approx R70,000 as a direct result of crime. Who profited the most? The thief or the SA Govt? We must begin with a mechanism whereby the SA Govt is forced to reconsider this unconstitutional and immoral practice of profiting from crime! All South Africans should demand that all payments related to protection of life and property should be VAT free and Tax deductible! This principle should also apply to replacement of stolen property as well as estate duty. If a person dies as a result of crime we should also demand that estate duty not be paid. How much do you think the SA Govt. has made out of estate duty from the murders of 1300 South African farmers? The S.A. Govt likes to compare us to overseas. Well overseas your safety and security is covered by your income tax and is tax deductible! It is time that South Africans stood together and made the Govt. and public aware of the Govt's "income" from crime. In the meantime crime is the goose that lays the golden egg for the ANC .

  • stofsuier - 2011-02-21 08:57

    I thought that he was suppose to be stamping out corruption ??????

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-21 09:11

    Whats the big deal? Zuma has fathered just about 50% of the SA population, so if you ban his family from doing business with government, the GDP will fall about 0.000012%

  • rmokolobate - 2011-02-21 09:12

    we r goin to suffer if we let these continue, unemployment is goin high while ada ppl r makin themselves rich with the state money y cant they just learn to share the state's wealth instead of beimg greedy.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-21 09:21

      I fell and am black and blue. Does that mean I qualify as well? Better get onto it before my bruises dissapear. I must make the most of being black!

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-21 09:14

    Do you all now see how important it is for the ANC to get the Freedom of Information Act in place urgently?

  • wattalotokak - 2011-02-21 09:28

    I don't understand why he is shocked!!! We are not dealing on a day to day basis with politics but WE are not shocked - we are EXPECTING such business interests from the ZEE group...!

  • M'hlanka - 2011-02-21 09:35

    And he's still making kids.... How much more do we still have to pay out?

  • spinprint1 - 2011-02-21 09:41

    This so called president could not get a decent credit rating from a bank prior to him becoming president. He had to obtain money from a source that ended up in jail. Now he is sitting with a pot of gold and you can be sure that he and his vast family will benefit from it.

  • - 2011-02-21 09:54

    Sir halfwise - you are a idiot, You believed your mother when she said that you aren't a retard

  • ludlowdj - 2011-02-21 10:43

    Democracy has not survive in any state in Africa, these guys are used to having the Elite at the top and everyone else as slaves at the bottom, its sad so many Africans are to uneducated and illiterate to see that their own people are the real problem

  • wormyzn - 2011-02-21 11:09

    Whats the Big Deal? Nothing will be done to stop it!!!

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-21 11:14

    Our Presidential family are a bunch of corrupt a$$holes!

  • No1Dutchman - 2011-02-21 11:52

    Have a look at what China has done with India railway, they have messed it up. Now we are really going back into A 3RD WORLD. TWATS

  • Kiff - 2011-02-21 11:54

    Using the word "shocked" is so ironic, one can only be shocked if something comes as a complete surprise. This is surely not the case here!

  • Falcon Eddie - 2011-02-21 12:28

    Like Zuma and Gupta the Chinese are in it for themselves. The Chinese is not interested in developing and job creation in South Africa. They already infiltrated Zimbabwe and are busy taking it over. South Africa next?

  • wflouw - 2011-02-21 12:56

    I think sessisie is right - they don't even know what the are doing is wrong! Is that the kind of leader we want for our country?

  • Kiff - 2011-02-21 13:03

    @ Halfwit - and you are an idiot for believing what the ANC promises!

  • kosmos303 - 2011-02-21 14:01

    Graft, corruption and nepotism are going to ruin our country - and Mr Gupta is laughing all the way to Shangri-la

  • Masese - 2011-02-21 14:25

    Go on dreaming, Mr. Holomisa. People ae grass root level do not see it in that fasion. These are the same people who will complain about lack of service delivery. How they get delivery when all the money goes to JZ and his family? Blacklisted Hardliner

  • Muffin man - 2011-02-21 14:47

    And WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT??? NOT A THING!!! and they know it.

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-21 18:03

      Nothing is gonna be done about it because it is not covered by law. It is a matter of ones' morality. By law it may not be wrong for Zumas' immediate family members to attain tenders as long as the process was open to all South African Citizens, of which they part of. Then the word 'moral' does not exist in the vocabularly of the ANC fatpigs.

  • AndV - 2011-02-21 14:50

    These parasites are sucking our country dry, accumulating as much as they can while the nation allows them to carry on. JZ and his corrupted bunch just ignore everyone and carry on unhinderd. For how long?? Even Mbeki is still making sure he takes whatever he can - R 20Mil in traveling/chartered flights in 12 months? They should be so ashamed of themselves! When is the nation going to wake up??

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  • Mundu - 2011-02-21 18:54

    What do you expect from a randy,rapist who still has to answer for his corruption in the arms deal?

  • spindoctor - 2011-02-21 18:55

    A long way from his Kraal as a herd boy.He is now reaping the benefits of his presidency.The proverbial will hit the fan like in Egypt and Libya where exactly the same thing happened with leaders running the country as if it were theirs.With a finger in every deal. Pasop Zuma it will blow up in your face.

      Jo - 2011-02-21 19:53

      Of course, it would be better for all 48 million of us if this was settled at the polls - who needs a violent uprising when you can just make a cross at the voting booth for any one of at least four other parties?

  • IanJ - 2011-02-21 22:52

    After a few crafty PR 'side steps' nothing will change and the gravy train will rumble on. Nobody can really be that surprised.

  • Ants - 2011-02-22 02:45

    But is this really wrong? He IS the president of the country after all, the most powerfull man in the country. Doesn't the country owe him some favors?

  • Zeus - 2011-02-26 10:16

    The gods are mindful that the Zuma Tribe is shortsighted to the Gaddafy freeze of assests by the US! Where will they hide?? Zimbabwe?? Zeus

  • Hardtalk - 2011-03-06 12:21

    "The UDM calls on President Zuma’s family to immediately withdraw from all business contracts that relate in any way to government business - such dealings constitute a conflict of interest." I say carry on with all your corruption and we wait for our turn like Egypt and Libya, then all the corrupt ANC will be kicked out once and for all. A leopard never changes its spots Mr Zuma, your day will come and all will be revealed, then it’s of to prison for you. Where you should have been many years ago.

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