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auroraNetwerk24 reports that Khulubuse Zuma, ex- director of Aurora Empowerment Systems and nephew of former president Jacob Zuma, was provisionally sequestrated on Wednesday in the Durban High Court.  

Trade union Solidarity welcomed the step, which came after Zuma failed to keep to an agreement to repay R12-million in restitution, as ordered by the court two years ago.  That arose due to reckless management at the former Pamodzi gold mines, which Aurora managed.  Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, said in a statement that Zuma’s sequestration meant justice was eventually being served for the 5,300 employees of Aurora who lost their jobs.  Solidarity supported the workers who, since 2010, have not been paid, although they did receive a once-off monthly payment last year.  Originally R23-million was claimed from Zuma, but he pleaded that he could only pay back R23-million.  Du Plessis indicated that the sequestration meant that there could now be a full investigation into all of Zuma’s business affairs since 2009, the date when he was appointed as a director of Aurora.  “That will hopefully reveal what happened to the almost R170-million that disappeared from the mines and also what Zuma’s business dealings in Africa were or are,” Du Plessis indicated.  A sequestration application in respect of former Aurora director Zondwa Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela en Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, will be heard in February.

  • Read Elvira Wood’s report on this matter in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (paywall access only)
  • Read too, Khulubuse Zuma’s estate provisionally sequestrated, at Moneyweb
  • And also, Solidarity welcomes sequestration of Khulubuse Zuma, at Mining Weekly

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