Press Statement dated 9 July 2018

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to present a water-tight case in order to effectively prosecute former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane for state capture allegations that have been levelled against him and not allow him to get away on legal technicalities.

State capture refers to efforts by privately owned companies to shape the country’s laws, policies, tender contracts, business deals and regulations of the state to their own advantage by providing illicit private gains to public officials. This method is developed and measured to a form of grand corruption.

On the ground, state capture is believed to have revolved around allegations of improper and unethical conduct between former President Zuma, Duduzane, other state functionaries and the Gupta family in influencing tender adjudications in order to favour Gupta owned companies.

According to the Public Protector Report: “The complaints followed media reports alleging that the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Mr. Mcebisi Jonas, was allegedly offered the post of Minister of Finance by the Gupta family long before his then colleague Mr. Nhlanhla Nene was abruptly removed by President Zuma on December 09, 2015.

‘’The post was allegedly offered to him by the Gupta family, which alleged has a long standing friendship with President Zuma’s family and a business partnership with his son Mr. Duduzane Zuma. The offer allegedly took place at the Gupta residence in Saxonwold, City of Johannesburg Gauteng. The allegation was that Ajay Gupta, the oldest of three Gupta brothers who are business partners of President Zuma’s son, Mr. Duduzane Zuma, in a company called Oakbay, among others, offered the position of Minister of Finance to Deputy Minister Jonas and must have influenced the subsequent removal of Minister Nene and his replacement with Mr. Des Van Rooyen on 09 December 2015, who was also abruptly shifted to the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs portfolio 4 days later, following a public outcry”.

It is important for FEDUSA that the principle and the rule that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done, in Latin this called: nemo judex idoneus in propria causa est, concluded FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George.

Issued by Dennis George, General Secretary, Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa)