- One of Zuma's biggest defender reportedly received a dubious R27m contract from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- The contract was for legal services that the department could have received from the state for free
- The charges are currently being investigated by law enforcement
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reportedly paid over R27 million in legal fees when it could have obtained the same services for free from the Office of the State Attorney.
The department made the hefty payment as part of a massive contract with the law firm of Barnabas Xulu, a well-known supporter of Jacob Zuma and one of the founders of the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust.
The contract has since been linked to allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement.
Charges of abuse of power have since been leveled at the Deputy Director-General of the department, Siphokazi Ndudane.
This follows the finding that there was irregular expenditure in the payments the department made to Xulu's company, according to the City Press.
Ndudane also faced disciplinary action within the department due to his dubious contract with Xulu, as well as allegations that he was involved in the theft of three tons of abalone.
The department, however, has not publicly responded to the charges.
Likewise, Xulu denied the accusations made against him. In the wake of the allegations, several law enforcement agencies are reportedly investigating the matter.
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