One could, of course, quite easily pull up a list of more than 100 people; but in the spirit of saving you some time we focused on 5 of JZ’s family members instead. So here they are, the 5 most enterprising crooks in the Zuma Family.
5. Khulubuse Zuma
Despite his tiny waist, Khulubuse sits on the fattest of misappropriated fortunes in the country. Earlier this year City Press reported that Khulubuse gained control of two oil fields in the DRC, worth an estimated R100 billion. The deal was supposedly struck with the help of oll’ uncle Jacob shmoozing DRC president Joseph Kabila.
4. Michael Zuma
President Zuma’s brother Michael, not one for beating around the bush it seems; has openly admitted to using his family name and brother’s influence to secure RDP housing tenders for a company called Khumbula Property Services. In return, Khumbula would build him a R10 million compound… wait for it, right next to Nkandla. By using the Zuma name, Khumbula has to date received irregular tenders of up to R1 billion.
Not only was this little climber once a board member of Sahara, owned by the first family of shady finances, the Guptas; she also benefited from a controversial GoldFields empowerment deal, whereby she received a solid chunk of very profitable shares. Now, she may or may not have achieved this stellar move – especially seeing as a woman from her family hardly needs empowerment – through daddy dearest… [laughter].
2. Duduzane Zuma
Duduzane, like his cousin Khulubuse, seems to have a penchant for mining. He’s a good friend of the Gupta family and occupies positions on the boards of several of their companies, most of these materialised after daddy dearest entered the presidency. The kiddo also seems to enjoy getting his hands dirty, and by that we mean dirty deals. He has been involved in two separate mining scandals; in Mpumulanga – where they ran illegal mining operations – and in the Northern Cape, where he was involved in a multinational mineral rights scandal. At only 28 years old, this guys is one to watch.
1. Edward Zuma
Eddie has directorship at no less than 10 different companies thanks to father Zuma the great. After never actually qualifying for his law degree, Ed took up position at ATM tobacco; the very same tobacco company that is directly linked with the illegal cigarette trade in SA and is being investigated by SARS and the Hawks.
Before we forget, a special mention has to go out to the king of corruption in SA himself, our beloved Jacob Zuma; without whom many would still believe in the impartiality of the judiciary in dealing with corrupt officials as well as the ability of Parliament to perform its duties.