Zuma nephew: I am not answerable for Aurora

Zuma nephew: I am not answerable for Aurora

2014-08-26 08:27

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma has denied blame for the collapse of Aurora's Pamodzi mines, The Star reported on Tuesday.

"My role as the director of Aurora was that of a non-executive chairperson. I was therefore not responsible for the day-to-day management and running affairs of Aurora," he reportedly said in an affidavit filed before the High Court in Pretoria.

A bid by the joint liquidators of Aurora to hold the directors and managers of the insolvent company personally liable for the collapse of the Pamodzi mines will start in court on Tuesday.

This matter was delayed following the late filing of papers by Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela and Zuma.

The claim against Aurora managers and directors sought by liquidators amounts to about R1.6 billion.
Aurora Empowerment Systems is the parent company appointed by Pamodzi liquidators to manage the Springs and Orkney mines.

Alleged looting and mismanagement

However, the directors of Aurora allegedly destroyed both mines through looting and mismanagement.

Zuma said liquidators should be gunning for Mandela, Sheshile Thulani Ngubane as well as father and son team Sulliman and Fazel Bhana.

"I reasonably relied on information relayed to me by them."

Zuma reportedly denied claims he and other directors stripped the mine of its assets and pocketed proceeds from the sale of gold.

"The loss of Pamodzi assets was simply due to criminal activities and illegal mining by individuals commonly known as zama zamas," he said.

  • George Anderson - 2014-08-26 08:33

    It runs in the family

      Roger Williams - 2014-08-26 08:46

      Damn you beat me to it.

      adinparadise - 2014-08-26 08:59

      It seems that none of these Zumas are willing to take responsibility for their actions.

      Fredster69 - 2014-08-26 09:02

      They all want to be directors, but none of them knows how to manage, or run anything. Take some responsibility

      Bobby Jaan - 2014-08-26 09:03

      nobody is answerable anymore! take ownership you lazy, fat good for nothing

      Justanother Numty - 2014-08-26 09:07

      Honest Zuma? The only honest Zuma I know is the one I flush down the toilet every morning!

      Made-In SA - 2014-08-26 09:23

      The miners were starving,whilst Zuma and company were stripping the mine,selling the steel for scrapmetal.Let Khulubushe pay with the proceeds of his R100 Billion oilfield in the DRC.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-08-26 09:28

      Luckily he has an uncle that runs that organization called Parliament-- the place where all legal proceedings stop.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-08-26 09:30

      He is not fit for any chair.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-08-26 09:32

      When they take his cars away he will have to walk or hitch a ride--that will do him good. The taxis will drive right past him unless he pays for the whole cab.

      Gavin Venter - 2014-08-26 09:36

      like father like son given that stomach he obviously spends most of his time at KFC

      Pienaar Jordaan - 2014-08-26 10:25

      Sorry George, but no-one in this family ever runs.

      Naas Du Plessis - 2014-08-26 10:34

      Seems like everything a zuma touches goes in debt or can't be accountable for missing revenue.

      Buzzbar - 2014-08-26 10:37

      The courts had better act fast. Looking at the size of him, he'll be dead in the next few years from a heart attack or diabetes...

      formandzen - 2014-08-26 10:50

      What a disgusting fat f**k...omg...that stomach represents everything about the Zuma empire.

      George Wood - 2014-08-26 11:05

      Looking at the picture, that oke has his own weather system! Eish life is good when your a Zuma Ne?

      Amanda van den Berg - 2014-08-26 11:06

      With a 100 billion empire,through corruption, he does not feel a stuff about anything!!!No 1 wipes his backside on the laws of this country why should this one be any different!

      Wayne Barnes - 2014-08-26 12:11

      It was most likely because every time he did a 360° its was a new financial year. See what I did there?

      Adrien McGuire - 2014-08-26 12:41

      Zuma 1, I am not accountable for people building on my property . I relied on others to do things . Zuma 2, I am not accountable for Aurora collapsing, I was just the Chairman and relied on other people to run things. Zuma 3 , I am not accountable for killing people with my Porsche , I was just the driver and didn't realize that I needed to turn up in court for the inquest.

      Wayne Davies931 - 2014-08-26 20:34

      The ANC way, steal it, break it and then refute responsibility.

      Suzanne Litthauer - 2014-08-27 10:07

      Clearly, from the photo, nobody runs in that family.

      Danny Harris - 2014-08-27 11:09

      Can you imagine if this lot decide to nationalize the mines - the whole lot will go down the tubes and the country will slide into Anarchy!

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-09-02 06:21

      Zoomers always pass the buck . Someone else is always at fault . Time for the other partners to take out insurance and spill the beans .

      Skoppienaai Sewinduit - 2015-03-06 08:43

      I'm surprised he doesn't generate a big enough gravitational field to have his own satellites!

  • John Harris - 2014-08-26 08:33

    rotten apple does not fall far from the tree.

      Carling Blacklabel - 2014-08-26 10:09

      by the looks of him, i think he ate the tree and the mine!

  • DerekMain - 2014-08-26 08:36

    He's a Zuma, he's lying.

      Bobby Jaan - 2014-08-26 09:04

      yip. his lips a moving

      Christo Stone - 2014-08-26 09:24

      He's probably just eating, Bobby :p

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2014-08-26 08:49

    Of course you are responsible ... most of Aurora can be found under your shirt, the strengthened car suspension as well as fortified mansion foundation and geo-magnetic bed suspension to keep you from falling through the earth when you sit on your bed.

      Deon Louw - 2014-08-26 09:26

      He ate the profits.

  • Shaheen Moolla - 2014-08-26 08:49

    Just like his uncle, he is also completely ignorant and unaware of what happens all around him all of the time but more than happy to collect all the benefits.

  • Bretton Eveleigh - 2014-08-26 08:52

    The money trail doesn't lie!

  • CliveK - 2014-08-26 08:53

    Like uncle, like nephew. What I want to know is why these fat cats (quite literally) have not been prosecuted for breaking a slew of labour laws - not least not paying wages - and why the unions have been so silent over the Aurora debacle. Clearly the Zumas and Mandelas and other ANC bigwigs are allowed to operate under a separate set of laws to the rest of us. Democracy? Rule of law? Bah, humbug, Charles Dickens might have said.

  • Thelma Schoeman Nell - 2014-08-26 08:53

    Does not take this family long to destroy anything.

  • Dick Etheridge - 2014-08-26 08:53

    Aurora managers and directors = Joint Responsibility.

      Genet Joobs - 2014-08-26 09:25

      Absolutely correct.

      Roger Pacey - 2014-08-26 17:11

      Agreed. He may not be responsible but, as a director, he gets held personally accountable. If he feels aggrieved by the conduct of his fellow directors, he can sue them. As far as his responsibility to Aurora's creditors is concerned, he owes his share of the liability

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-08-26 08:54

    Let's not forget he is related to jacob zuma.I guess someone must take responsbility for his own misdeeds.

  • Brian Macdougall - 2014-08-26 08:59

    His legal status as a director of the company has direct implications regarding his fidicuary duties to the company and the employees, assets, and cashflow. He is beyond screwed but is too dumb to recognise it.

      Chris May - 2014-08-26 10:56

      And many have fallen that way before

  • DrGonzoSA - 2014-08-26 09:00

    How much did he get paid for having no responsibility?

  • JonasBarbarossa - 2014-08-26 09:03

    So, what does the chairman do?

      Blinde Sambok - 2014-08-26 10:15

      Eat - if I look at his size.

  • John Jessup - 2014-08-26 09:10

    Just answer three questions (which will also be asked in court): 1. Were you a director of the company? 2. Were/are you aware of the fiduciary duties of a director? 3. How could you not have been aware of what was going on? Three strikes and you're out. Hope they can find any left over money after all your consumption spending on KFC.

      Hein Boucher - 2014-08-26 09:17

      Exactly. If you are a non-executive director, you receive payment for your duties (which you should have been aware of before jumping on board the gravy train). To now turn around and say "but I was not involved with the day-to-day activities" will not abstain you from responsibility. The whole Aurora management team (executive and non-executive directors) should be brought to book.

      CliveK - 2014-08-26 09:39

      Well said, Hein. Those slimy Bhanas would not have stripped the mine without the go-ahead of the directors, Zuma included.

  • Justin Pretorius - 2014-08-26 09:13

    Never responsible for anything

  • Theo Martinez - 2014-08-26 09:15

    avoiding accountability is clearly in the family

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-08-26 09:18

    I don't think they realised that all directors can be held financially responsible for reckless running of a company and where have you heard of a director having a non executive position what was the point of a pointing him and paying him to do nothing

  • Chris Bester - 2014-08-26 09:20

    Accepting responsibility or accountability runs in the family!!

  • Clinton van Rensburg - 2014-08-26 09:21

    Like your uncle you also know nothing when you have to pay up you slob.

  • Tokolosh Nkosi - 2014-08-26 09:23

    But look who ate the best, drive the biggest cars, drinking the most expensive whiskey with the money from the poor miners??? #justasking

      Tokolosh Nkosi - 2014-08-26 09:26

      Oh and the Zuma name is starting to look very rotten in the history books of South Africa, I say! Pity the Mandela name is also involved in this scandal!!

  • Wayne Barnes - 2014-08-26 09:25

    It was most likely because every time he did a 360° its was a new financial year. See what I did there?

      Chris May - 2014-08-26 10:59

      Yeah, you made me laugh

  • Frank Jordaan - 2014-08-26 09:25

    Just look at the size of this parasite- looks like he ate the whole mine plus the equipment.Left thousands in poverty and despair whilst he continues with his empire utilizing his Zuma connections. How the hell can such a despicable person sleep at night!!!!!!

  • blackmarlene - 2014-08-26 09:25

    If he benefited financially in any way, then he is responsible for what happened.

      John Jessup - 2014-08-26 09:36

      He is responsible legally Marlene as a director (executive or non-executive) even in the unlikely event that he did not benefit financially.

  • paul.d.murison - 2014-08-26 09:34

    You ate the mines.

  • Dirk Kird - 2014-08-26 09:39

    sorry zumas nephew if you are a director it doesnt work like that

  • Christina Setloboko - 2014-08-26 09:47

    All the monies in that BIG BELLY.. seriously this guy must start exercising geezzz.

  • Neziswa Luthuli - 2014-08-26 09:48

    Lol.....damn this guy is big....

      Marcel De Graaf - 2014-08-26 10:42

      No no no, he has small arms and a small head... ;)

  • Alton Small - 2014-08-26 09:48

    What the hell he looks like a mine dumb

  • Tshepo Maloba - 2014-08-26 09:49

    this guy really needs a gym jeez.you can see from the pic that he's struggling to breath.

  • Andrew Newman - 2014-08-26 09:49

    What a lame excuse. Deflecting the issue by blaming it on illegal miners when they came after the mine had been stripped of all its assets and they hadn't been paid for months. He wants us to believe that illegal miners just appeared on a working mine he had control of and destroyed it. Bulldust.

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-08-26 09:55

    Where are the supposed Unions in the debacle or do they only go on the rampage when there are Colonial/Imperialist intersests involved like Lonmin???This just proves a point there are untouchables in this country who can do as they please...There have been poor Families left destitute with nothing!!!But the one consolation is the wheel will turn and greed/glutony will consume those involved...

      denise.coates.98 - 2014-08-27 07:56

      Like African Bank, f@@k the poor!!!!

  • Please dont go - 2014-08-26 09:56

    I didn't ask for it. My uncle gave me the mine....

  • Liz Buitendag - 2014-08-26 09:56

    You shared the money made. Pay the miners their share

  • Teko Mohaeka - 2014-08-26 10:02

    These are the blacks who enslave other blacks,sies

  • basil.clifford - 2014-08-26 10:05

    Chairperson? There's a chair that can hold that guy???

  • Calvin Purdy - 2014-08-26 10:09

    They're all the bloody same, the pig farmer was also not responsible or did not know, God these people make me want to puke

  • mmmmTim - 2014-08-26 10:16

    Being a member of the Zuma family was a guarantee to wealth and power, until now when they will start changing their names to anything but Zuma from embarrassment and humiliation.

      Chris May - 2014-08-26 11:02

      if they have morals

  • Michael Beatty - 2014-08-26 10:18

    I didnt ask for it? i am not responsible... common language to all Zuma's. Convenient.

  • Silvana De Mattia - 2014-08-26 10:19

    Fat tub of lard! That family is incapable of taking any responsibility for any of their actions and even turn on their own when their backs are against the wall.

  • Utopian Indigent - 2014-08-26 10:27

    Guess what: This Zuma "didn't know." Those poor people on whose money they got rich.

  • Raymond Randall - 2014-08-26 10:28

    Is he not a member of the pistorious family ??

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-08-26 10:37

    This extremely obese person is following Luthuli houserules! Deny anything and everything, then steal as much as you can as soon as you can!

  • louis.elst - 2014-08-26 10:57

    The question is did you benefit out of the mines If yes you have a responsibility and duty of care Next time get the photographer to stand a distance away when he takes a photo

  • Lungi Mtshali - 2014-08-26 11:00

    Clearly needs to dust off his copy of King III, and the new companies act!!

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2014-08-26 11:18

    'Don't worry dear nephew, no one is ever responsible, in our family.'

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2014-08-26 11:37

    This surname 'ZUMA' is a problem and corrupt

  • Peter Harms - 2014-08-26 11:38

    Directors cannot claim to be mere spectators when the company fails to observe the Companies Act to the letter. Calabash may get away with his claim if he can prove that he cannot read, has no interest in news broadcasts or publications - and that his rather substantial weight gain is the consequence of hitherto unknown causes. You were the chairman - non executive or otherwise - and you want us all to believe that you never convened one board meeting? Even more ridiculous, you want us to believe that as chairman you only ever were told that the company was flourishing, the mining was continuing apace, and that the employees were all contributing to this success? But, we forget, you cannot read and you are cutoff from the world around you; so you nodded your big head and signed the minutes of every meeting, blissfully ignorant of the total destruction of the company of which you were chairman of the board! And then you embelish your ill-conceived riposte by blaming the zama-zamas! Noddy did a better job of convincing Big Ears that an owl is a cat.

  • Eugene Henning - 2014-08-26 11:46

    Family business approach.... Cannot help to wonder if the AURORA scandal money is not perhaps linked to NKANDLA? Amounts "missing" or unaccounted for (based on the liquidators estimates), seems to be very close...

  • Eugene Henning - 2014-08-26 11:47

    Accountability.... Responsibility.... Profits AND losses.... These are all part and parcel of the "fun" of being a director. Basics of companies.

  • Janine Van de Merwe - 2014-08-26 11:54

    Just for some economical sense and to save on e toll Maybe try and get all the ZUMA'S in court on one day...maybe a lift club is a good idea Zuma fir his trail--nkandla... son--for killing someone in his Porsche nephew---arora and not to long his daughter---for the nice job she got in fact we can book out a hole court for them for the day

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