Sunday Times

‘Wav­ing, greet­ing’ Zuma puts Jozi home on the mar­ket

- By GRAEME HOSKEN and ZIMASA MATIWANE Jacob Zuma · Johannesburg · Iceland · Austria · Nottingham Forest F.C. · Ipswich Town F.C. · Belgium · Pietermaritzburg · Northampton Town F.C. · Belarus · Hola · Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma · Epping · Zephroma Dubazana

● Ja­cob Zuma’s Jo­han­nes­burg man­sion is for sale at R6.5m.

The five-bed­room, five-bath­room home in For­est Town has four en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas and a kop­pie in the gar­den. It was where Zuma was al­leged to have raped Fezek­ile “Kh­wezi” Ntuskela Kuzwayo in 2005. He was found not guilty.

His spokesman, Vuk­ile Matha­bela, con­firmed the sale, but could not say why it was be­ing sold. “It is not a state home,” he said.

Mean­while, Zuma faces mount­ing le­gal costs. He will again be in the high court in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg on Novem­ber 30 on cor­rup­tion charges. At his last ap­pear­ance, in July, it was dis­closed that he had changed his long­time lawyer Michael Hul­ley be­cause of costs.

The For­est Town house was bought for Zuma in 2005 by Hola Re­cruit­ment & Se­lec­tion Ser­vices for R3.6m. The com­pany is owned by Zephroma Sizani Dubazana, a for­mer per­sonal as­sis­tant to Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. At the time Zuma was deputy pres­i­dent.

When the Sun­day Times vis­ited the house on Fri­day, Zuma was at home. His pro­tec­tion de­tail was out­side in sev­eral black ve­hi­cles. A Firzt Realty “for sale” sign was out­side the house, which is in a cul-de-sac in Ep­ping Road.

Firzt con­sul­tant Ru­fina Mausen­baum said the house could be viewed by ap­point­ment. “It’s on the mar­ket for R6.5m. We have been in­structed by a com­pany to sell it,” she said.

Mausen­baum said rea­sons for the sale had not been dis­closed. “It’s sel­dom that we re­ceive rea­sons for sales.” She said the house was in an “in­cred­i­bly se­cure” area.

A neigh­bour said Zuma had been a pleas­ant, re­spect­ful and quiet neigh­bour, “who kept to him­self. When we did see him, he al­ways waved and greeted us.”

 ??  ?? Ja­cob Zuma’s ‘in­cred­i­bly se­cure’ house in For­est Town, Jo­han­nes­burg.
Ja­cob Zuma’s ‘in­cred­i­bly se­cure’ house in For­est Town, Jo­han­nes­burg.

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