How Duduzane, Gup­tas tried to poach Hawks boss

New book also de­tails Zuma’s sons’ in­ter­ac­tions

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Moipone Male­fane

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.

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Duduzane Zuma is de­scribed as the con­duit the Gup­tas ear­marked to access his fa­ther for favours.

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