President Jacob Zuma pocketed a “salary” of R1 million a month from a controversial tender mogul without declaring it to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), claims a new book by former Media24 investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.
The President’s Keepers, Pauw’s fifth nonfiction book, hits the shelves this week, and further contains the following startling revelations about Zuma, his ex-wife and ANC presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and a network of shady characters who Pauw claims keep Zuma in power:
*A possible candidate for the Hawks’ top job was accompanied by Duduzane Zuma, the president’s son, to meet the Guptas in Saxonwold before his interview with a ministerial panel;
* Nomgcobo Jiba, the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) disgraced former head, was a covert crime intelligence agent, and
* Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign to become the ANC’s next president is partly being funded by Adriano Mazzotti, an alleged tobacco smuggler who, according to an affidavit in Pauw’s possession, admitted to bribing public officials, laundering money and committing fraud. Mazzotti is a known funder of Julius Malema’s EFF.
In one chapter, Pauw details how a SARS official in 2010 discovered that Zuma had been receiving payments of R1m a month from Royal Security, a company owned by Durban businessman and well-known ANC-supporter Roy Moodley.