Prior to his sudden demise on Saturday, Don Mkhwanazi was a close ally of President Jacob Zuma. He was also one of founders of Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust.
Mkhwanazi was an National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the Progressive Professionals’ Forum which was formed to mobilise professionals and business people to participate the development of the country.
Speaking to reporters before his death, the Durban Businessman said the Trust will not help Zuma pay his Nkandla bill.
The 63-year-old, who died of heart attack over the weekend rather insisted that people have the right to help foot Zuma’s R7.8m Nkandla bill.
“Those who want to assist the president have a right to assist the president. If the president is your friend, you can assist him,” he said.
Don Mkhwanazi emphasized that the trust was set up in 2006 specifically to help out on Zuma’s corruption and rape charges.
“But in so far as the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust is concerned, we established it for a particular purpose – which was realised because we felt as if Zuma was being ill-treated, was being ridiculed for wrong reasons.
So we fought, he was reinstated and he became the president of the country. So we’re done,” he said.
Don Mkhwanazi Insists Trust Won’t Help Out
He stated that the Trust has concluded its assignment and won’t help out this time.
“I can’t resuscitate the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust because it did its job, isn’t it? Why should I resuscitate something that has done its job, why?. If other people want to do anything, they can do it,” he maintained.
The business mogul asserted that already many people have shown willingness to help Zuma.
In like manner, people who feel Zuma shouldn’t be helped have the democratic right to air their views.
Last week, the presidency sent across strict warning to South Africans not to deposit any fund for Zuma’s bill. Zuma’ spokesperson added that there is no bank account designated for this purpose.
Zuma was ordered by the Constitutional Court to pay R7.8m for his Nkandla homestead. The president was given 45 days to pay for his swimming pool, chicken run, visitor’s centre and amphitheatre.
Meanwhile, Zuma’s family have allegedly claimed to be financially handicapped as regards to payment for the upgrades.
President Zuma’s eldest son reportedly told the Sunday Times that the family can’t afford to pay the R7.8 million as estimated by the National Treasury.
While Zuma rallies round to get the cash, the African National Congress (ANC) is yet to decide whether to help its national leader or not.