Opinion: Zuma’s Nkandla just became cheap looting compared to the expensive mansion in Dubai!
When your thinking that the President Jacob Zuma had enough excuses and had enough soliciting problems, there just keep coming. Because him and the ANC elite is clearly forgetting their purpose and their place. They are supposed to represent the people of South Africa, instead the Presidency and the African National Congress is more preoccupied with getting financial benefits from the Investors of the Oakbay Resources and Oakbay Investments. As they are splashing out with huge kickbacks to the President and his family, as the further leaks provides more eating of the Zuma clan. The Gupta owned companies has already hired family members of Zuma. Also, it has been provide evidence of state capture, where the monies of Gupta has made it possible to change Financial Ministers, because the Gupta’s wanted it to be so. Therefore, the newest leaks are just providing evidence of the loyalty between the Zuma and Gupta clan. As they are providing the President with a mansion in Dubai. So, the Nkandla affair and the fire-pool seems small, as the gifts and kickbacks with the state-contracts seems to benefit the South African President massively! Take a look!
Zuma’s Dubai Palace:
“Zuma’s home is Villa L35 on Lailak Street in Emirates Hills, billed as the “most expensive postal code” in a city so flashy that the police drive Bugattis. The palatial home comes complete with 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a double grand staircase, nine reception rooms and space for 11 cars. The top-of-the-range fittings feature an excess of marble, mosaic and gold” (…) “The purchase was made after Tony had made an appointment with Gregory Lewis from Knight Frank estate agency to view the place at 1pm on April 14 2015. Shortly after buying the villa, Tony’s elder brother, Atul, entered into an agreement with Yang Swiss Cleaning Services to clean the house for 8,320 dirham, about R30,000, a month, starting on December 20 2015” (…) “ome of the more established locals have a sardonic view of the constant stream of new arrivals. “You need $20-million to $30-million to buy a property here,” commented one resident sitting on a park bench feeding scraps to a swarm of cats. “Maybe you brought along some dirty money you want to wash?” (Wa Mzilikazi & Hofstatter, 2017).
As the allegation and covering-up comes to light, the President Zuma has to deny:
“The story in the Sunday Times newspaper today, 4 June 2017, that President Jacob Zuma owns a “palace” in Dubai is a fabrication. President Zuma does not own any property outside South Africa and has not requested anybody to buy property for him abroad. The President has also not received or seen the reported emails and has no knowledge of them” (The Presidency, 2017).
On the same day another news-outlet in South Africa comes with some damaging report that proves the state involvement and helping of enriching the Gupta clan. The benefactor of the President. Like the reasons for the flash houses and cars of the President. He wouldn’t get that if he didn’t do some services or clear the house so that the businesses could run rampant. Buy expensive coal from the Gupta over the margins and also higher price for the quality. That is because the state owned Eskom has a director that is loyal to Zuma and wants to make Zuma’s friendly associates happy. Therefore, buying bad coal for high price. Who could forget that transaction together with the Nkandla scandal! There to many evidence and stories of grand corruption during his tenure.
“Johannesburg – The beleaguered Gupta family received much-needed relief this week in the form of a R70 million value-added tax (VAT) refund payment that raised serious eyebrows and concern in the South African Revenue Service (SARS)” (…) “At this point Moyane allegedly intervened and secured the payment to the Guptas. According to sources the refund was made begrudgingly by SARS staff and left tax employees feeling despondent and angry. News24 and City Press was given a name of an unknown private company into which the VAT refund payment was finally made, but couldn’t confirm the veracity of the claim. The Gupta family and their businesses are handled by the VIP taxpayer unit within SARS. This unit is intended for politicians, political parties, past and former senior government officials and their families and certain top business people considered strategic” (Serrao, 2017).
So the Gupta family, the benefactors who has businesses who are getting favorable industry contracts and government tenders, are suddenly also getting a VAT tax-holiday the SARS director Tom Moyane has to sanction on the part of the state to the Gupta. It seems like a bad-dream, but not surprising in the state of capture. Where the Gupta are giving Zuma a few tokens of silver and he gives them back in ten-folds of the state reserves. That is how the relationship of the businessmen and Zuma are working and has worked. If not, the corrupt, grand corruption enterprise of Zuma administration wouldn’t run like it to.
The President Zuma’s Nkandla Village Project in Kwa-Zulu Natal state are now a cheap knock-off, even if the grand corrupt behavior of that one alone should have made the President fall. Instead, he is now on his second corrupt buy-out a big mansion. Not just a fire-pool, visiting-center and small hospital like the Nkandla. This time it’s talk about an expensive mansion in Dubai worth USD $30m and cost R30,000 South African Rands to wash the place a-week!
The President of South Africa is clearly not caring about the state he runs, as he busy looting and conniving the state for personal benefit. He is doing so that the Gupta and Oakbay Resources and Investment can enrich themselves.
The Republic of South Africa, the National Assembly, the National Treasury and the others has been taken without consideration of the citizens, because President Zuma could secure wealth with kickbacks and bribes from Gupta instead. That is what is revealed with every e-mail and leak. If you ever thought that President Zuma cared about the citizens, he doesn’t, he is more preoccupied getting money for services delivered to the Gupta. Peace.
Serrao, Angelique – ‘EXCLUSIVE: Drama at SARS over R70m Gupta refund’ (04.06.2017) link:http://m.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/exclusive-moyane-okays-r70m-payment-to-guptas-20170604-2
The Presidency – ‘The “Dubai Palace” story is a fabrication’ (04.06.2017) link: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/press-statements/dubai-palace-story-fabrication
Wa Mzilikazi, Africa & Hofstatter, Stephan – ‘Inside Zuma’s Dubai palace … and Mugabe lives next door’ (04.06.2017) link: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/stnews/2017/06/04/Inside-Zumas-Dubai-palace-…-and-Mugabe-lives-next-door