The Zuma family will definitely remain in the minds of South Africans for quite a long time because of their obsession with power, money and fame.
Ever since President Jacob Zuma was ejected out of office, he has been in and out of court battling several counts of charges. His son Duduzane Zuma also appeared in court on Monday.
Reports on ground indicate that a chained Duduzane Zuma arrived in court B of the Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
According to his lawyer, his client is facing charges of corruption, and alternatively conspiracy to commit corruption. He arrived with hands free but the legs were chained from the ankles.
Jansen van Vuuren, the magistrate ordered Duduzane to hand over his passport to the investigating officer and if he wants to travel then he should ask for permission. Duduzane runs a massive business portfolio in the United Arab Emirates believed to be for his father and the Gupta family.
Earlier before the court session, Duduzane’s lawyer had said that his client would pay R100 000 bail and also believed that the State has a weak case.
Indeed Duduzane later left the court room. He was granted R100 000 bail – and the matter postponed to 25 January 2019…for a case that cops have been investigating for two years.
Duduzane is a shareholder in many Gupta-owned companies‚ bought an apartment worth nearly R18-million at the iconic skyscraper Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.
When President Zuma continuous faced calls urging him to step down on concerns for mismanaging the state, he embarked on requesting residency in Dubai.
Leaked e-mails show that Duduzane purchased the property with substantial assistance from the Guptas and their associates at the end of 2015.
The powerful Gupta family, at the heart of South Africa’s biggest corruption scandal since apartheid, profited from a criminal scheme to loot $20-million (U.S.) from a farm project that was meant to help impoverished farmers, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors are also seeking to recover $50-million from Trillian, a company controlled by Gupta associates.
In total, the South African prosecutors say they are seeking to recover about $4-billion from about 200 corruption cases. It is unclear how many of these cases will involve the Guptas, although the cases are described as “state capture” cases – the term normally used for the Gupta scandal.
The Public Protector, an official watchdog with the power to investigate corruption, released a report in 2016 with a wide range of evidence that the Guptas had gained benefits from their links to state-owned enterprises and had even used bribe offers to influence cabinet appointments.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Guptas were arrested at Zimbabwe airport with 400kg of gold and millions of US dollars.
The embattled Gupta family own a range of business interests in South Africa, including computing, mining, air travel, energy, technology and media they also own Estates in Sahara Estate, Saxonwold, Johannesburg.