Released bank statement shows that President Jacob Zuma and his daughter Duduzile received payments amounting to R1.6-million from AUFS boss – a politically connected Zambian businessman based in South Africa.
Reports over the weekend say the business mogul, James Ndambo who is the owner of Africa Union Financial Services, (AUFS) made payments into accounts linked to Zuma and his daughter between 2009 and 2011.
AUFS bank statement proved a R300,000 payment on March 29, 2011, with a reference “Jacob Zuma Fo”, while Duduzile received more than R1.3-million in payments ranging from R20,000 to R689,125 between 2009 and 2011.
Details of the payments was made public at the time the AUFS’s creditors encountered a liquidation process which included the company’s former director, Chris Makhele, Absa and others in May 2014.
Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga denied that any payment of such was made into the president’s account
“Mr. Ndambo has never deposited money into President Zuma’s personal account. The president has no personal relationship with him at all. He doesn’t even know this person or that money,” he said, adding he would enquire with the Jacob G Zuma Foundation. It is not known if any further deposits were made after 2011.
According to Sunday Times, Former public protector Thuli Madonsela sent a letter to Zuma as part of her state capture investigation asking why the president has not declared receiving any financial benefit outside of government since taking up office in 2009.
Though Zuma’s relationship with Ndambo is still not clear, Duduzile reportedly visited Ndambo’s offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009, and he in return, attended her flamboyant wedding in the Eastern Cape in 2011.
Duduzile has, however, requested written questions on the matter but refused to answer her telephone calls.
Ndambo, on the other hand, had said that the payments were donations to the Zuma foundation.
“No payments were made to the president or his daughter in their personal capacities. The donations were made to the foundation and the reference was Duduzile Zuma because she was the contact person for the foundation,” Dollie said through his lawyer, Shaheed Dollie
But when it was pointed out that there was one payment to a reference “Jacob Zuma Fo” and that the balance of the R1.6-million was referenced Duduzile, Ndambo changed his tune and said he was not aware of payments to Duduzile.
“Mr. Ndambo is unaware of these payments having been made to her in her personal capacity and did not authorise them,” said Dollie who also claimed he has no personal relationship with either the president or his daughter.
“Mr. Ndambo once met the president’s daughter at the foundation where he was invited by a colleague from Angola,” said Dollie.
Dollie also stated that AUFS had never conducted business in the country and that it would not benefit by giving money to Zuma and Duduzile.