Zuma distances himself from nephew, Aurora

2012-03-16 11:24

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.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-16 11:50

    If he was my newphew, I would tell him exactly what to do! "Pay your workers,even if it means selling your expensive cars & house etc. It is your moral obligation as a business owner!"

  • Johnny - 2012-03-16 12:13

    Thats the way to go Zuma... rather ignore it and sweep it under the carpet !!

  • deon.schyff - 2012-03-16 12:15

    Disgusted, but not surprised - what answer did you expect and what morality will you find in this clan? Nephew or no nephew - pay up

  • appietrader - 2012-03-16 12:16

    Mr. Prez, how about sending in the Hawks to investigate even ending up for these guys in jail, with no special privileges like the previous police commissioner??????????????

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-16 13:17

    The Entire Zuma clan are a bunch of thieves with no compassion for the working class. All they do is take take take.

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-03-16 13:45

    "I'm not a businessman; I don't know what happens in business." You are a freaking IDIOT! You just admitted that we shouldn't allow you anywhere near the presidency! We can see that you have no clue about business or economy. I wish politics was more about the people and less about their bank accounts

  • comurray - 2012-03-16 13:51

    What has actually been done about this, nothing. If that was one of the big mining houses there would be all hell let loose, however the big boys respect their workers so would never happen. Are these persons untouchable because of their surnames. They are all extremely wealthy because of non payment of wages, VAT, income taxes etc yet n othing is done about it!@!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • errol.wagner - 2012-03-16 14:19


  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-16 14:57

    Nice move Mr President.....

  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 22:20

    It took some time for the unions to get into gear!! The anc is not serious about paying these workers!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-17 06:54

    Same family ,same track record.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-18 11:49

    Like usual Zuma, like an eel, finds a small hole to slither through.

  • john.markham.737 - 2012-07-17 18:03

    It runs in the family! He makes me vomit!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-05 18:00

    Et tu Jacob

  • Kenny Williams - 2014-05-18 13:15

    This fat idiot will get away with it the way the idiot president did. What a disgusting family of thieves. Carry on voting for this corrupt ANC and watch South Africa become bancrupt.

  • Butch van Blerk - 2014-05-19 08:47

    Failed to pay Aurora employees' wages - many committed suicide - now swimming in billions where nr 1 was the effective cause of the transaction - "I do not do business with my cousin" ???? - unbelievable

  • Babalaas Witblitz - 2015-03-20 19:57

    Whats all the fuss about? Every single 1 of them that voted ANC (probably all of them) got exactly what they voted for.

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