- The Public Protector has declared that expansive dinners featuring Jacob Zuma were unlawful
- These functions involved businesses paying for the privilege of attending alongside Zuma
- Busisiwe Mkwebane called it a conflation of party and state
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that Free State officials broke the law when they tried to charge R40 000 per person to attend a dinner with Jacob Zuma.
The officials sent out letters inviting businesses to the function.
Mkhwebane has said that the letters damaged the integrity of the Dihalbeng Municipality.
Reportedly, government officials tried to force businesses to attend the dinner at ludicrously high prices. Jacob Zuma was supposedly a guest speaker at the event.
The business who were invited to the function all had contracts with government. As a result, Mkhwebane declared that the dinner was an event to extract more money from these companies in an underhanded way.
This follows the DA handing over three of the invitation letters sent by the officials, as evidence of their activities.
Additionally, the Public Protector said the incident was a blatant case of there being no separation between party and state.
In written communication regarding the matter, she said the event and they way it was handled was "unlawful, improper and highly irregular", according to The South African.
This is the latest in a long series of revelations of the looting and shady deals that were conducted while Jacob Zuma was in office.
The ANC has been rocked by several other scandals involving officials implicated in corruption at various commissions of inquiry.
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