How Duduzane, Guptas tried to poach Hawks boss
New book also details Zuma’s sons’ interactions
President Jacob Zuma’s family is surrounded by crooks who use money to lure them.
This is laid bare in the book The President’s Keepers, authored by Jacques Pauw, which gives a clear picture of how crooks were buying political influence by keeping the president and his family close to them.
Pauw writes that Edward Zuma scavenges at the door of tobacco smugglers to scrape together a living while Duduzane Zuma has cast his destiny with the megawealthy Gupta family.
Both Duduzane and Edward are Zuma’s sons, and have defended their father against his enemies.
The book says the Gupta family needed someone close to the president to serve as a vital channel and conduit to influence his official decision making.
“Their man was Duduzane, who became truly kept and captured.
“Edward could not pay for his own wedding and neither would anyone else, the Guptas settled the bill for Duduzane and Shanice’s lavish nuptials in April 2015.”
Duduzane once called former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major-General Johan Booysen and they met at Gautrain in Sandton, Johannesburg.
According to the book, he drove with him in his RollsRoyce to Saxonwold to meet Rajesh Gupta, known as Tony.
Booysen, who was with his son Eben, asked him to follow Duduzane, whom he drove with in his car.
His son was allegedly asked by Rajesh if he had any business ventures that he needed to get off the ground, he should talk to his family (Gupta). “This is an old ploy of the Guptas: to dish out benevolence and generosity to the children of those they wish to capture.
“When Eben declined Tony Gupta’s generosity, the latter turned to Johan Booysen and said, ‘So, we hear that you might soon become the new head of the Hawks’.” Apparently Booysen was shocked that Gupta was privy to information outside the public domain.
“He said he did not want to engage the businessman and merely answered: ‘We will have to see where it goes’. “Gupta said: ‘If you do get elected there will be dinner in Durban’.” According to Pauw, Booysen said this was the extent of their discussion about the job and they left shortly in his son’s car. The position has not been filled, but Yolisa Matakata is acting head of Hawks.
Duduzane Zuma is described as the conduit the Guptas earmarked to access his father for favours.