- Jacob Zuma allegedly received prized cattle meant for the poor
- A former mayor said she gave the cattle to Zuma to distribute to people
- OR Tambo district municipality was distributing the cattle as part of a programme to support emerging farmers
Former president Jacob Zuma allegedly received about 50 cows meant to support emerging farmers, according to a Sunday Times report.
Former OR Tambo district municipality mayor, Zoleka Capa, reportedly gave Zuma the cattle between 2009 and 2014, Briefly.co.za learned.
The cows were purchased using public funds and distributed as part of a programme to support emerging farmers.
According to the Sunday Times, the municipality spent approximately R62m on seven farms in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal.
It reportedly spent an additional R30m on farm equipment and 1,800 cows. The publication quoted an unnamed farmworker, who said some of the cows were transported to Zuma's homestead in Nkandla:
We prepared the cattle and after that we will get an order to deliver them. We took them to Greytown and Nkandla.
Capa admitted to giving Zuma the cows:
I never authorised for cattle to go to Nkandla, but I can confirm that I did give him [Zuma] cattle for him to give to people. There’s nothing wrong with what I was doing.
Zuma's spokesperson, Vukile Mathabela, was reportedly unavailable for comment. Capa's husband, Ndumiso, and other politicians also allegedly benefitted from the cattle.
As Briefly.co.za previously reported, the Hawks are already investigating an alleged cattle gift worth R1.5m from former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to Zuma.
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