Cosatu president linked to abalone bribe involving Jacob Zuma and others

Cosatu president linked to abalone bribe involving Jacob Zuma and others

- Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has denied allegations linking him with a cash bribe from abalone dealers in the Western Cape

- Dlamini said he would respect the police investigation around the matter

- Dlamini said the police had not yet spoken to him about the matter

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sdumo Dlamini is reportedly being investigated for accepting bribes from three Western Cape businessmen with links to the abalone trade.

Dlamini has denied the allegations, but indicated he would respect and cooperate with police investigations around the matter.

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The investigation into Dlamini comes as the Hawks investigate former president Jacob Zuma for accepting a bribe from businessman, Deon Larry in exchange for keeping the then minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana in office. gathered that Dlamini released a statement in which he denied being involved in any way with this matter. He confirmed that police had not contacted him.

“No police has spoken to me about anything of that nature, nothing. I’m even asking myself why would people be spreading names in the newspapers? I really don’t know,” he said.

According to reports, businessman Charlie Seretse filed an affidavit in which he claimed that Zokwana and the deputy director-general Siphokazi Ndudane both received cash bribes of R300 000 from Larry.

The businessmen are thought to have wanted Zokwana to remain in office because his transformation agenda would have been implemented through their respective companies.

Zuma is alleged to have accepted a bribe of R1 million to keep Zokwana in office, it is not yet clear exactly what Dlamini’s exact alleged role in the bribery scandal was.

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