Zuma's son to appear in court on Monday

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane is due to appear in Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday to face graft charges.

The businessman who has been on the run for several months was nabbed by the Hawks elite crime fighting unit when he arrived in Johannesburg from Dubai on Friday to attend his brother’s funeral.

Vusi Zuma died last Sunday of the autoimmune disease, lupus. Duduzane, his twin Duduzile and the late Vusi are the children of Zuma and Kate Mantsho, who committed suicide in 2000.

Zuma will be charged in connection with the role he allegedly played in trying to bribe ex-deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas in October 2015.

Jonas spilled the been after he was allegedly offered the position of Finance Minister as well as a bribe of US$50 million. Duduzane was employed with the Gupta family who secured multi-billion-dollar government contracts during his father’s presidency. Jacob Zuma has also been charged in an unrelated graft case.

Duduzane is expected to be charged with contravening the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

He attended his brother’s funeral service in Johannesburg on Saturday where his father addressed the congregations and blamed the media for his son’s death. “The media has been harsh to our family,” Zuma said.

Duduzane then posted on Twitter: “Has this country lost sense of humanity, to certain extent that one can’t even be given a chance to mourn in peace? What happened to us black people? Do we no longer value each other as beings? Do we hate each other so much that we can’t even understand the pain of grievance?”

He has also been ordered to appear in court on Thursday in connection with his role in a fatal car accident in 2014.

Zuma was charged in connection with the death of Phumzile Dube after his Porsche collided with the taxi she was travelling in on a busy Johannesburg road. Another passenger Nanki Mashaba‚ who was injured in the accident‚ died in hospital a few weeks later but he was not charged over that death because it could not be linked to the accident.
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08 july 2018 06:57:52

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