Mrs Zuma drops shady business partner

2012-09-02 15:11

Johannesburg - First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma says she was unaware of her business partner’s pending corruption case when they registered three companies in March this year.

Had she known about the charges former South African Revenue Service (Sars) senior executive Mandisa Mokwena was facing, she would not have gone into business with her.

City Press can reveal that Madiba Zuma is currently registered as a director of three private companies that include Mokwena as a director.

Mokwena was arrested in 2009 for allegedly defrauding Sars to the tune of R11m by handing out training tenders to her friends.

Mokwena’s spouse is Barnard Mokwena, the executive vice-president of human capital and external affairs at Lonmin. He was Lonmin’s spokesperson during the recent events at its Marikana mine.

He was also charged with money laundering in his wife’s case, but charges against him were withdrawn in March this year.

Madiba Zuma tells City Press none of the three companies have any investments or have traded since inception.

“I was introduced to Dr (Mandisa) Mokwena by my fellow director (Lindani Sigxashe), who proposed that she would be able to assist in the commercial and administration aspects of the businesses. She (Mokwena) was not known to me before this,” Madiba Zuma says.

The first lady says she was not aware of the charges Mokwena was facing at the time she became a director “or until very recently”.

Asked whether it would be proper for a first lady to be in business with an alleged fraudster, Madiba Zuma says: “I agree it would not be appropriate”.

Shortly after she became aware of the pending charges against Mokwena and her ten fellow accused, Madiba Zuma says Mokwena “proposed to resign her directorships ... her resignation has been accepted and will be registered in due course”.

Madiba Zuma says there was “no relationship” between the Zumas and the Mokwenas.

According to Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay, Mokwena – a former head of risk management with Sars – resigned in December 2009 after internal charges were levelled against her.

She and her fellow accused will go on trial on October 15 in the North Gauteng High Court.

Although “proceeds of crime” were deposited into Barnard Mokwena’s bank account, he provided the state with a “justifiable explanation” that led to the withdrawal of charges, Lackay said.

The charge sheet against Mandisa Mokwena claims she corruptly received R977 000 and assistance from former Unisa and University of Venda academics with her doctoral studies.

In turn, she allegedly awarded them Sars training tenders.

- City Press

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  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-02 15:25

    I didn't read the article, but is she dropping JZ

      kolobe.mzansi.9 - 2012-09-02 15:58

      idiot how hard is it to read?

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-02 16:52

      Some people just do not understand the concept of an irony (Witty language used to convey insults or scorn, esp. saying one thing but implying the opposite) Politicians need to be lampooned - worldwide - they are there for us, not themselves as ANC Supporters tend to think

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-09-02 18:34

      @ kolobe, for you its easy to read but you`re reading between the lines

  • utopian.idealist - 2012-09-02 15:29

    Oh you poor innocent soul, if only you had known before hand that your business partner was a criminal you wouldn't have become involved. Oh please cut the BS, we know full well that you are just as corrupt as the rest of your tenderpreneur comrades.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-02 15:48

      You know full well that she is corrupt? How? What corrupt activities about her businesses do you know that we don't?

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-02 16:55

      It is really funny how much more jumpy ANC afficionados are becoming as Mangle Mangle draws nearer in December.....good!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-03 09:48

      She is as corrupt as her criminal husband!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-02 15:30

    You have to laugh at these people, they really take the public for fools. Please notice, that it is not 1 business but 3. Put 5c on the table and you will find a zuma head pop up.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-02 15:35

    The real reason for hooking up with JZ? State tenders ...

  • fdalana - 2012-09-02 15:37

    birds of a feather.......

  • Yong-Se Cosa Nostra - 2012-09-02 15:51

    @winifred. . . iam starting to see the pattern. . .

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-02 15:52

    Question one. Are you the first lady? Q2 Why are ANC voters gulible enough to accept this BS?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-02 15:57

      And oh yes, Q3. Arent you married to a Nigerian to?

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-09-02 15:53

    Well, when Mr Z been removed from the office, then they must go against those corrupted thieves with all the force of the law. They think we are fools and they are the clever ones. How wrong. Every move they make is been recorded and the time will come that some honest guy will become the president. Now we have a bunch of thieves in parliament.

  • ricus.nieuwoudt.9 - 2012-09-02 16:00

    The whole ANC and the Government is so corrupt and then statements are made like found in this article, a related party to the Presidency, surely the first lady [notice the lower caps] met her match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Wheel turns albeit slowly, it turns!

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-02 16:05

    Sorry..... I dont buy this one but maybe too little too late in terms of trying to clean up the family name before Mangaung.

  • blue.spheric - 2012-09-02 16:14

    Now why one EARTH would she need to register THREE is just not enough...bloody we are trying to help small business grow and these bloody fat cats ( and I mean 'FAT CATS' ) are just whipping off the cream on top and leaving the poor hard working SA public with the damned scraps. I am so sick and tired of this...when oh when is our REAL First Lady - Advocate Thuli Madonsela, going to shed her protective wear and vie for the highest office in the land???? I don't know of ANYONE within my business circles who would not back her, and in every single manner possible, to run for President and bring our corrupt FAT CATS to justice ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-02 16:20

      Clap Clap Clap....I for one applaud this suggestion as Thuli seems one of the extremely few fit for this position!

  • marius.koen.16 - 2012-09-02 16:41

    Like husband, like wife.

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-02 16:58

      Cousins, Uncles, Aunts etc - just look at Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela....need we go any further?

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-02 16:56

    Oooh no Zuma's wife!!

  • tobydt - 2012-09-02 17:14

    Meanwhile... the school feeding program, costing us R700 million a year, turned out to be nothing more than a tender-for-buddies scam. Malema's cousin being one of the tenderpreneurs. Phanzi ANC, phanzi.

  • mnguni.ngubonde - 2012-09-02 17:37

    I doubt if the 1st lady is the truth' surprisingly the Zuma's business crusade started to blossom in 2009' I'm talking about Khulubuse' Duduzane and Duduzile and the wives ' why u were not known in business fraternity during the Mandela and Mbeki tenure? I suppose you were not born by then' An apple doesn't fall far from a tree' good luck

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-09-02 17:45

    Shame! Poor first lady, seems to be very unlucky to have picked a corrupt partner. But there again, it's not very difficult to find corrupt well connected recipient of tenders in the ruling party.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-02 17:47

    seriously you would cancel your partnership for a small issue like corruption , thats how business is done here

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-02 18:04

    These cadres never have 1 business they always have more than a handful, how they ever manage to keep their finger on the button I never know. Remember that one cadre she had about 11 business's. How she got than many in a short space of time makes you wonder. It takes capital to start a business so where are they getting all the capital from......I am guessing

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-02 18:07

    Geez, 3 companies. How many tenders does she want? FFS, dont be so greedy, give someone else some scope to apply for tenders too!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-02 18:37

    These aren't businesses they are just front companies through which to funnel state tenders to friends and associates..If Jacob Zuma doesn't land up one day in jail then we will have witnessed the largest scam ever committed by any one single person in the history of this country..Jacob Zuma is corrupt and always has been!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-09-02 18:39

    These aren't businesses they are just front companies through which to funnel state tenders to friends and associates..If Jacob Zuma doesn't land up one day in jail then we will have witnessed the largest scam ever committed by any one single person in the history of this country..Jacob Zuma is corrupt and always has been!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-02 18:45

    you must have 3 businesses , for the tender process to be seen as fair there must be at least 3 different companies tendering , so if you own all 3 you guaranteed to win the tender , makes business sense .

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-02 18:46

    These politicians target top business, they let them know that unless they put one of their family members on the board of directors no business will go their way. They almost hijack the business's. You will find their families in Indian, Chinese, and White business's. I can bet that if it were possible, you would find a zuma name in very top business where ther is wealth in south africa. Willing to bet? Thats how come they have their fingers in so many pies, the pies are free, its what the pie pays out to them, hence self enrichment. We we could have the same opportunity, we could also afford all their blings. It does not come through hard work I can assure you. These Companies are hijacked so to speak.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-02 20:06

    and here I and PWC experienced it as only happening in DEAT all these years 'exactly' as described - lavishing out largesse training tenders to friends especially if they come from the same eastern cape refugee land from ethics and morality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on you when SA still remains at the bottom of the pit and the youth must now resort to killing off government first before regaining a chance to become functional human beings amongst the world populations. mbeki? ntsaluba? giqwa? nxa

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-09-02 20:25

    Is this "first lady" no 1 or no 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever number? Please be specific.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-03 15:25

      What's in a number? To coin a phrase: a number is a number is a number. And they will all do a number on you if you're not in on their scam.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-02 21:27

    I think he should be dropped !

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-03 00:45

    Birds of a feather...

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-03 09:16

    Was she tipped off.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-03 11:22

    How about this one Pravin ,right under your nose!

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-03 15:45

    interesting! opening three busineses so they can have three quotations belonging to the same person. competing with oneself has become the latest fraud tactics applied by this fraudsters.

  • tebalob - 2012-09-05 11:30

    I've said it before,anybody associated with Zuma has "shady" friends.In fact I now think to be corrupt is a pre-requisite to associate with him.He goes to the "criminal register" to search for friends just like people befriend each other on FB.

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