- Duduzane Zuma has been charged with corruption and faces an alternative of conspiracy to commit corruption
- The charges relate to a Gupta plot to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas
- Zuma’s lawyer Rudi Krause confirmed the charges and said Zuma agreed to surrender his passport to authorities
Duduzane Zuma’s lawyer confirmed that he has been formally charged with corruption and faces an alternative of conspiracy to commit corruption. Rudi Krause said his client faced charges related to an alleged Gupta-linked plot to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
Zuma handed himself over to authorities at the Johannesburg Central Police Station earlier on Monday morning. Krause said Zuma had agreed to surrender his passport to authorities as part of his bail agreement.
The charges are related to a 2016 incident at the Gupta family compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Jonas, who was deputy finance minister at the time, claims there was an attempt to bribe him.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jonas claimed via a sworn affidavit that Zuma was present at the meeting during which he was offered the position of finance minister and R600 million by the Gupta family.
The Guptas allegedly also told Jonas that they had made Zuma a billionaire and could do the same for him. Jonas also claimed it was Zuma who had arranged the meeting and introduced him to the Gupta family.
Jonas’ allegation was later used by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her damning State Capture Report.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Zuma appeared in a somewhat jovial mood when he arrived at the Johannesburg Central Police Station on Monday morning. He greeted the throngs of waiting journalists and even asked them if they “were doing well?”
Zuma appeared in the dock in foot chains and was by all accounts respectful towards prosecutors and police officers. He even shook hands with prosecutors when the brief bail hearing concluded.
Zuma has been released on R100 000 bail and the matter postponed until 24 January 2019. The state has reportedly asked for more time to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, Zuma has more immediate legal troubles to focus on.
Zuma is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He will face charges of culpable homicide for his role in a 2014 road accident in which Phumzile Dube died as a result if an accident between Zuma's sports car and a taxi on the M1.
The charges were originally dropped by the NPA due to lack of evidence, but the NPA decided to pursue the matter after Gerrie Nel and his private team at AfriForum looked into the matter and decided to seek a private prosecution against Zuma.
Nel was pleased when the NPA reinstated charges against Zuma and said he hope that the family of those who died in the accident would receive better treatment from the NPA this time around.
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