- Jacob Zuma's family is in a bitter fight over money owed on a tender
- The former president's fiancée and nephew are in disagreement over who is owed and how much is owed
- According to a report, Zuma has washed his hands of the matter
South Africa's former president, Jacob Zuma, finds himself in the middle of a battle for over R500 000.
His fiancée, Nonkululeko Mhlongo, and nephew, Zobaphi Zuma, are squabbling over who owes who and exactly how much is owed, TimesLIVE reported.
The money is allegedly owed after they scored a tender together to build water pump stations, Mdungela and Mkhalazi pumps, in Nkandla.
Nonkululeko is a Pietermaritzburg-based businesswoman and the mother of two of Jacob's children.
Zobaphi asked her to bid for the tenders, Briefly.co.za learnt. She insists that she does not owe him anything, and calls him a devil and a liar.
The desperate man apparently asked Jacob to intervene, but the latter was unable to resolve the matter.
"This matter was reported to ubaba by myself and a gentleman whom we contracted. When his intervention did not yield any progress, he gave me permission to use whatever means necessary to recoup the money owed to me and a worker."
Zobaphi says he is also owed R15 000 for the use of his bakkie, but Nonkululeko says she's the one owed, as reported by The Sowetan.
"I owe him nothing. In fact, the project owes me. He's a bloody liar. He's the devil. I carried the losses for the whole project. He's lying and I'm very hurt."
A human resources manager at Cmc di Ravenna., the company that contracted the squabbling pair, Patrick Khanyile, said he met with Jacob to ask his help.
"The former president said he washed his hands and we must do what we need to do. MaMhlongo then told us she paid the money into Zoba's wife's account, but his wife died long ago and the proof of payment she showed us is of an account that does not exist.
According to Patrick, the company paid Nonkululeko R1,796,762.04 and Zobaphi's share is between R500 000 and R600 000.
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