Zuma a 'kept politician', report reveals

2012-12-07 08:08

Johannesburg - A secret auditor’s report shows how a long list of benefactors funded President Jacob Zuma’s extravagant lifestyle by more than R7m.

The Mail & Guardian on Friday detailed how crucial evidence in the case against Zuma was kept hidden when the NPA abandoned plans to prosecute him.

The KPMG report reveals that Zuma was a “kept politician” who accepted money and favours not only from Schabir Shaik but also from Nelson Mandela - who gave him a cheque of R1m only days after Mbeki axed Zuma as his deputy in June of 2005.

At this point Zuma was overdrawn on his bank accounts by R400 000.

Other benefactors included businessmen like Jurgen Kögl, Vivian Reddy, his nephew Khulubuse Zuma and arms companies like Thomson-CSF (later renamed Thales) and Ferrostaal, which won a submarine contract.

Banks also bent over backwards to accommodate Zuma despite his terrible credit rating and regular defaulting on loans.

The report was part of the Scorpions’ preparation for Zuma’s appearance in court in 2006, but when the case was struck from the roll, it was never admitted into evidence.

The report states: "The financial position of Zuma deteriorated over time, mainly as a result of the fact of the shortage in daily funding required to fund his lifestyle… Zuma’s cash requirements by far exceeded his ability to fund such requirements from his salary."

- Full KPMG report.

  • story.modikwe - 2012-12-07 08:13

    Corruption Champion... hahahahaaa

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-07 08:38

      One wife is expensive so you can imagine how all his chicks have been milking him.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2012-12-07 09:38

      CLASS ACTION SOUTH AFRICA… The South African taxpayers must proceed with a class action against the ANC - not against the government (because then they will end up paying for it in any event), BUT AGAINST THE ANC as a civil lawsuit (a criminal case will naturally follow from the evidence), for: - Gross- and willful, --- Negligence. --- Misrepresentation. --- Dereliction of duty of care. --- Exploitation of statutory powers for personal gains. - The full range of economic- and intentional torts that is possible. Note: the ANC consciously took the office of leading SA - ie nobody forced them - they therefore carry FULL responsibility/liability. The DA must proceed with a criminal case against Jacob Zuma directly - ranging from the murders committed at the ANC's torture camps in Angola (note - he refused to appear before the TRC so he has NO indemnity) to his current exploitation of his position for personal gain.

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-07 09:47

      If he can not manage is finances how he can manage OUR COUNTRY?

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-12-07 09:58

      Botha was already telling you all that the ANC were, and have always been, and will always be a bunch of cronies obsessed with power for power's sake and that they did not care about South Africans' needs. He was written off as a dictator and betrayed by his party led by sell-outs like Pik and FW. Don't act all surprised now; voting 'yes' was the right thing to do but it happened at the wrong time. The ANC was handed this country on a silver plate and have proceeded to devour it.

      rbphiri - 2012-12-07 10:28

      What I fail to understand is who the hell in their right mind would loan money to someone who thinks a show can cure AIDS.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-07 10:31

      I think that almost without exception you will find that a leader that continuously mismanages his own personal finances will always end up dragging down the organization he/she is in charge of. It is criminal for a political party to appoint a president with such a poor track record.

  • erna.hubbard - 2012-12-07 08:14

    But still people vote for him...

      story.modikwe - 2012-12-07 08:17

      and those people are living in dusty roads and they dont have sanitation nor houses.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-07 08:38

      Then they destroy the future of their children by keeping them out of school out of protest. How their minds work only God knows

      gennath - 2012-12-07 09:26

      "people" in SA will vote for those who promise them the most free stuff...

      rbphiri - 2012-12-07 10:34

      Why do people still vote for zuma? Well Erna, It's because they should I put it, uhm STUPID!!! Wait that was a bit too harsh, let me use some euphemism to address this matter...Well because they are F* STUPID!!! there we go...that was more humane and insensitive...Ooh the humanity of CAPS LOCK, works wonders right? Erna it's really a case of battered woman syndrome, regardless of the continuous abuse they still go back to the same man, because he promised to change his ways.

      denny.cray - 2012-12-07 11:41

      @Rphiri - not stupid. Some are ignorant, others are blinded to current reality by still viewing the current ANC as the heroes of the liberation. They have also created a culture of dependency whereby people perceive the government as their provider and they are scared that even the meagre scraps they currently get will be withdrawn. Change is inevitable. Sadly I think the chance of it being a violent one is becoming more likely.

  • dienaakte.waarheid.7 - 2012-12-07 08:14

    Well well....we all know you are corrupt....its just on paper in the public eye now. Well played Kgalema, well played......

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-12-07 08:15

    The Bank is South African Incorporated

  • rofras.rassie - 2012-12-07 08:15

    This man will never go to jail. he is proctecting a lot of people including Mandela.

  • Gordon20 - 2012-12-07 08:15

    ooooooohhh eh eh

  • greig.saunders - 2012-12-07 08:17

    Surprised? Definitely not!

  • tresso.sven - 2012-12-07 08:19

    So what! What is going to change? Zuma is untouchable . Matter of fact all ANC fat cats are untouchable.The ANC supporters don't care, its their apartheid mentality of us against them. They don't understand the fundamentals of democracy....this country is on a downward spiral. Zuma being re-elected will be the deathblow to South Africa as a productive democratic Country.....

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-12-07 09:49

      @tresso.sven - they all understand the fundamentals of democracy just too well, just also just choose to nor impletent or live by them

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-12-07 08:20

    The cat wants to come out the bag Jz...

  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-12-07 08:22

    What?? Zuma is corrupt? This just cant be? NOT

      justsayingagain - 2012-12-07 09:30

      I too reacted with shock and surprise at this morbid allegation. After all, we know he is a 'church' man, and moral icon. Must be those faceless white racists concocting nasty stories again. Tut tut.

      rbphiri - 2012-12-07 11:35

      No his not corrupt, His F* corrupt.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-07 08:25

    I wouldn't be suprised if one of these business men claims the whole country because he bought it from Zuma. This Zuma would sell his own mother if he has to. Just imagine 783 corruption charges

      john.silver.3572846 - 2012-12-07 09:34

      DOnt joke, the Chinese bought the Zim minerals for a fraction of their value when Bob was out of cash

  • andre.mostert - 2012-12-07 08:26


      hendrikvs - 2012-12-07 08:42

      LOL @ andre!!

      ardenharvey - 2012-12-07 10:03

      LOL!!!!@ Andre..... and whilst you at it stick in the e-toll money too... Also ask Spar/Checkers/Pick n Pay if you can have the VAT portion back so you can put into his bank account too... :) Having a good chuckle now..hehehe!

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-12-07 08:28

    The tax payers of south africa demands that something get done about this.

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-12-07 08:28

    fine his friends bailed him out like my family always does,but clearly the President doesnt learn as he continues to want a lavish lifestyle beyond his means,that will keep getting himself into situations where he will never be immune to being bribed as he will be in dire need of the funding...clearly that cant be an a good example & definitely not a good President if he never sees his mistakes as learning curves...hopeless Nation of ours

  • EthanDade - 2012-12-07 08:28

    And just think if the secrecy bill makes it into the constitution then this kind of corruption will continue to be brushed under the carpet.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-07 08:29

    can we stop funding this idiot and can we FIRE HIM NOW!!!! I dont want him as president. Maybe we need to start a petition take ZUMA down now!!!To Save SOUTH AFRICA

      lucky.mpoza - 2012-12-07 09:42

      hahahahhah@Frenchie. Please include me in that list. I have more than 1000 people in Khayelitsha who would join me

      Lucky - 2012-12-07 09:47

      lucky, it would help if you all voted, for any other party, just vote, don't abstain!

      Chris - 2012-12-07 09:54

      He is voted in by his party , not the people , defacto the people vote in the party , same goes to mps , councillors etc all nominated by their political regimes , this includes the trash that is put up by the DA and others

      fumanekile.ralane - 2012-12-07 10:37

      His untouchable my friend,so it means if if u can't beat him join him!

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-07 08:29

    Read the book "Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson, I rest my case...

  • jbooyse - 2012-12-07 08:30

    Corruption personified.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-07 08:30

    And off course these people who funded his lifestyle expected nothing in return !! There was great talk about having to respect him. How can one respect him. Respect is not grown merely by the virtue of him being President because if this were true then I should respect all the old Presidents as well and so should everybody else.

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-07 08:31

    You forgot he also have plenty wives, mistresses and children to sell...

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 08:33

    ha ha ha, they all the same, nothing but thieving trash

  • flysouth - 2012-12-07 08:33

    This is a man who, if one knew him in person, one would give a very wide berth to! We all have met someone like this at some time - a sponger and fraudster who will lie to anyone's face to get money and benefit from anyone he comes into contact with. A man without the discipline or foresight to restrain his own style of life by cutting his cloth according to his pocket but who has become the President of a country is one of the most blatant travesties imaginable - cry, the beloved country indeed!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-07 08:35

    Zuma is the new Mugabe. HE seems to think he deserves a lifestyle greater than any President in any first world country. He is untouchable and will not give up his position in a hurry. I would hate to know what is happening outside public eye to keep him in power. We have seen a few hints of assassinations and the likes of Malema now being thrown into the legal system whereas he always did what he did without consequence until he alienated Zuma. Concepts like legal system and constitution and human rights are concepts that Zuma does not adhere to.

      Chris - 2012-12-07 09:54

      Mugabe is following his policies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • antfreed - 2012-12-07 08:37

    Where to from here? Zuma wins a another term, most of the prominent figures that represented the fight against Apartheid are gone, Mandela is now a proposed rogue as well according to the M & G....Damning evidence against Zuma is being published weekly, meanwhile he is seen as a visionary amongst the elite within the ANC! It's about time that leadership started considering the long-term future for this country, as opposed to short term greed and fancy cars and houses! This country has no future without this change in attitude!

  • Ricardo Albrecht - 2012-12-07 08:40

    thats why our country is what it is. if the head is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. The sad thing is intelligent and well educated citizens accepts it.

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-07 08:42

    In other words a collaborationPARASITE

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-12-07 08:43

    This man needs to face the evidence in court. What a parasite.

  • Ygivadamn - 2012-12-07 08:44

    please tell SA something we don't know!!! pity even this wont stick on the man.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-07 09:33

      Slippery as an eel....

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-07 08:44

    The whole ANC has been sold to the highest bidders. It has turned SA into a country of profiteers, both black and white, as ready and willing to exploit SA's black poor as ever existed in the apartheid regime. The ANC is a scourge on this country!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-07 08:45

    this is my surprised face JZ always intended to get to the top of the $hit pile - as that is where all the money is it wouldn't be so bad if he actually put in some effort instead of hiding in the shadows and appoint his brain dead chums it is sad that he was part of the struggle to liberate SA and has now become co-author to its steady demise that sound you can hear all around you - is our democracy suffering from cANCer.

  • Joe Motlokwa - 2012-12-07 08:46

    eish madala u really enjoy gud life while ur subjects are suffering

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-07 09:22

      that's the biggest joke.. He is not a king and we are not his subjects. He is a Public Servant... suppose to lead us.

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2012-12-07 08:46

    Ricardo I feel you but the question is how come the intelligent are led by the less intelligent? Isn't there something wrong with the picture? So who is intelligent really? Just asking......

      eland.snitbul - 2012-12-07 09:29

      I'm glad your admitting the less intelligent people are current sinking SA.

      jacowium - 2012-12-07 10:26

      The intelligent are led by the less intelligent, because the less intelligent have the numbers. This is not rocket science.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-12-07 08:47

    Unfortunately nothing will change.

  • paul.korb.9 - 2012-12-07 08:47

    Our Financial institutions need to be investigated, they are getting off lightly, let Joe citizen default on a loan and see what happens! there rules seem to bend for corrupt politicians. Where are the financial controls!

  • samuel.ramaifo - 2012-12-07 08:53

    Zuma ke a real skhotane

  • Hasani P - 2012-12-07 08:53

    We are living in difficult times, things like these happen, hey

      Lucky - 2012-12-07 09:36

      my mistake that got the 1 thumbs down, thanks. should have read: "not to all, only a few, funded by a few."

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-12-07 08:55

    Media must realise that we dont care about their criticism of ANC leadership, infact, the more you criticise them, you give us more reason to defend ANC. All this stories are aimed at disrediting the organisation, if leadership is under attack, the party is under attack also.

      carryn.whittaker - 2012-12-07 09:10

      The media does not give you reason to defend the Anc. Your stupidity does. Everyone in this country wanted democracy and thankfully it was acheived. In a democracy we should have the freedom of the press and the right of the people to hold politicians to account. Anything else is just you and your brainwashed friends trying to defend a party that has done little to improve the lot of people in this country.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-07 09:27

      "the more you criticise them, you give us more reason to defend ANC" (sic). We know. It is called the victim complex. You act stubborn when you perceive that you are being unfairly persecuted. It is also how you direct blame to others when you can't take responsibility for your actions. You play martyr. Zuma is a GENIUS at this strategy, he knows the uneducated will rally around one of their own and protect him. That is also why he plays the "populist/one of the people" strategy. This while he is obviously drunk on power and wealth, and has in fact been stealing the same resources meant to improve the lives of his subjects. Anyone who is educated can spot the strategies being used, because they have read and understood history. See, Zuma is not the first demagogue kleptocrat to have adopted these strategies. It is so easy to spot the uneducated people on this site - people such as yourself, michael - who completely adhere to the rules of the game. You so perfectly fit into the ruler/ruled dynamics of Zuma's politics. It is great to see that those like you are becoming less, and maybe in 2014, we will see true democracy begin to emerge in our great country.

      thabo.moela.547 - 2012-12-07 10:55

      Thats true, our media need to be called in to order.

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-12-07 08:56

    ... and the surprise is?

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-12-07 09:00

    BUT.. come 2014 the masses will vote ANC. Tragic.

      fumanekile.ralane - 2012-12-07 10:27

      Anc will govern south Africa till jesus christ come back,white people complaining about president home all the time,they are jelous,they think good life belongs only to whites,even if a black man is driving nice shiny beautiful expensive car they will tell u his drug dealer,or his corrupt,or a killer,apatheid still exist,how much more if DA can govern South Africa?to go to Eastern cape can be R10 but to come to western Cape can be R3000 I'm telling u!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-07 10:47

      Fumanekile, what the devil are you ranting about? Post sense or don't post at all.

  • frederick.nel - 2012-12-07 09:05

    Its about bloody time they have proved it. See these guys thumbing down comment are real tools. Zuma should of been in jail years ago but what did he do disband scorpions. Man this country has become a joke to a point where i really dont care for it anymore. Thank you ANC for an outstanding job!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-07 09:05

    Zuma is a leech, he has no shame in living off people and calling for favours. He is the type of person, normal people try to avoid. He is nobody's friend he is a leechie nothing more. Zuma has no morals or does he have any shame. Those supporting him are the same, no morals and no shame in supporting a guy whose lifestyle will always be a drain on their country and will in the end bring down their organization. I see mothlanthe is singing zuma's praisses, for what, the only thing zuma is glued to is money nothing else. His next term will earn him his pvt jet, just mark my words, its already on order. He may be smurking now, but wait the wrath of his ancestors is going to come down on him, remember they did'nt fight for the struggle for Zuma to take it down. He maybe bribing them with rituals and slaughtering cows etc but just wait.....the dronning of the drums is not too far off.

      Chris - 2012-12-07 09:56

      He is the face of South Africa , tough on you guys .

  • tolene - 2012-12-07 09:11

    We need to call for his resignation. In any other country this type of scandel, the government would have made him resign, but it seems in SA, as a leader you are allowed to be corrupt. How can the people go about pushing for his resignation, surely we have a say?!?!?

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-12-07 09:11

    What's next? Every single day there’s another story about how useless and inefficient our current president is... Can someone please take this news and read it or explain it to the uneducated/previously disadvantaged people of this country voting blindly for this buffoon? South Africa Inc. Bank is his funder....

      eland.snitbul - 2012-12-07 10:16

      @Zamani, what I do for a living has nothing to do with you.. the fact that the current ruling party is stealing the funds which should have been used to educate the previously disadvantaged individuals is what’s my problem... Not delivering textbooks? Building themselves mansions while some people live in shacks? Do you know what a RDP house costs? R50,000 per house, now take your loving presidents upgrade to his "town" R240mil and divide it by R50K and see how many people could have had houses to live in instead of shacks.. I'm on your side, that’s if you’re not part of the corruption.

  • elsie.palmer.90 - 2012-12-07 09:13

    Let's have a laugh JUST GREEDY ZUMA ,,,,,make something rhyme like they did with Flat Wheel De Klerk,,,,,,or are people to serious these days,,,,,any other names Lol

  • storm.chambers.5 - 2012-12-07 09:14

    Tolene, you are 100% correct my man. We do have a choice it's called voting, however if ANC lost the election they would loose voting slips or rig the election. All politicians are the same. But our country needs to vote in the lesser of the evils!

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-07 09:22

    It think we don't know the half of it

  • makgabo.morris - 2012-12-07 09:25

    Our president is a shame to our country.he must resign

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  • Swapie - 2012-12-07 09:27

    Nice example he set for all of us. No wonder we are all in debt!

  • hellodanie - 2012-12-07 09:31

    South Africa is heading towards the same corrupt state the Nats used to run. The downside is a disregard for the rule of law among most citizens (road rules, tax evasion, municipal exploitation of residents, etc.) thanks to the bad example our seemingly clearly corrupt leader sets. If we want the world to take us seriously again, the young leaders of South Africa must raise their voices load, bold and clear against the current plundering of our tax money and other resources taking place.