Data provided by McGregor BFA
All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Zuma distances himself from nephew, Aurora

Mar 16 2012 11:24 Sapa

Related Articles

Cosatu to ensure payment to Aurora miners

Aurora workers starve as ruling ignored

Aurora's Mandela to face fraud charges

Zuma to testify in Aurora insolvency case

Court orders Aurora's Zuma to pay R10m

Pamodzi: End in sight

 
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday distanced himself from his nephew Khulubuse Zuma's involvement in the embattled Aurora's mining affairs.

"I don't know whether I should just be getting into the business of a person simply because he's a nephew. I don't discuss business easily with my nephew," Zuma told The New Age and SABC at a business breakfast in Port Elizabeth.

Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela - who are directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems - are currently facing the wrath of unions, which argue that Aurora's workers are owed R4.3m.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions earlier this week lashed out at Aurora's bosses and told the workers that they would stand by them.

"We are going to make sure that the gold mine's owners adhere to the court order... The big names are stripping our people as if they do not have consciences, (and) these fat cats are dying from eating too much while poor families are dying of hunger and poverty," The Sowetan reported secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi as saying this week.

Zuma said disputes involving workers not being paid should be looked into and there should be consequences.

"What, of course, cannot be accepted is if workers are working and not being paid. That's an issue that we look at, not only because he is a nephew of Zuma, but anyone."

Asked if as a father figure, Zuma should not advise his nephew, he said: "I'm not a businessman, I don't know what happens in business. How can I tell a person because he is my relative, 'please pay your workers or don't pay your workers'?"

Aurora Empowerment Systems is facing an insolvency hearing in connection with its management of the liquidated Pamodzi mines in Gauteng and the North West. Over 5 300 jobs are said to have been lost.
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're Talking About: Small Business

Standard Bank is looking for 12 entrepreneurs to participate in a 10-part TV series. They could win a R1m investment into their dream.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...