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Duduzane Zuma expected in court for role in attempt to bribe Mcebisi Jonas

Jul 9, 2018
Duduzane Zuma expected in court for role in attempt to bribe Mcebisi Jonas

Former President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, a business partner of the infamous Gupta family, is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday facing corruption charges.

The key charge is in connection with the role he apparently played when the Guptas tried to bribe former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, at the Guptas' Saxonwold home in 2015.

Jonas was the Eastern Cape MEC for Finance before being elevated to become Deputy Minister.

It is alleged that at the meeting, Duduzane, another businessman - Fana Hlongwane, and the older Gupta brother, Ajay, offered Jonas the position of Finance Minister as well as a bribe of around R600 million.

Duduzane travelled back to South Africa from Dubai last week Thursday to attend the funeral of his brother, Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, who died last week Sunday.

He was briefly detained at OR Tambo International Airport after landing. 

He has been charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act  - a law for the prevention of corruption and enforcement in South Africa. The law makes it an offence to attempt to bribe an official or politician, or be an accessory to bribery.

Accused number 1, Ajay Gupta, remains at large, but the Guptas have denied Jonas' allegations.

On Thursday, Duduzane is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on two charges of culpable homicide.

This relates to a February 2014 accident in which he allegedly crashed into the back of a taxi after losing control of his Porsche along the Grayston Drive off-ramp on the M1 highway. A woman was killed while other people were injured.