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No sign of R1m salary from Royal Security in President Zuma’s declaration of Interests

President Jacob Zuma did not declare any salary earned from his friend and business mogul, Roy Moodley’s company [Royal Security] during the 2009/10 financial year in the register of his financial interests, said Democratic Alliance Leader Mmusi Maimane.

“I can today [Monday] confirm President Zuma did not declare any salary earned from Royal Security company,” said Maimane.

Maimane said the President was required by the Executive Ethics Code to disclose particulars of all his financial interests to the Secretary of Cabinet, Dr Cassius Lubisi, once a year.

He said this includes all shares and interests in corporate companies, sponsorships, gifts, donations, hospitality, pension, and foreign travel.

Maimane released the statement shortly after viewing President Zuma’s declaration of interests at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.

This follows recent revelations contained in an investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers.

It claims that according to a South African Revenue Service (SARS) official, President Zuma was on the payroll of Royal Security company for at least four months after he assumed the role of President.

Maimane said the only mention in the register of Royal Security was the President’s use of the company’s owner, Roy Moodley’s Durban beachfront property in 2016.

In addition, said Maimane the register of the President’s interests did not contain any disclosures of  the alleged funding of the President’s birthday bashes in 2015 and 2016, by Bosasa  to the estimated value of R3.5 million, any income or benefits received in relation to the non-security upgrade at Nkandla including the loan extended by VBS Mutual Bank.

This despite President Zuma telling Members of Parliament that he does in fact have a loan in respect of Nkandla.

What’s more to the President breaching the Executive Ethics Code by not disclosing his illicit on-the-side salary, the register contained the following notable disclosures:

  • A hibiscus tea set from Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir in 2014, a year before the South African government allowed the man wanted for crimes against humanity to flee into our country in violation of a High Court order.
  • Four bottles of Merlot wine from Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016, the first and only mention of Putin in the register;
  • A gold watch from the UAE government in 2011, the value of which was not disclosed; and
  • Two Parker pens from suspended Crime Intelligence Head, Richard Mdluli.

Maimane said DA would continue to ensure that the Constitution and the rule of law remained respected and upheld by all who hold elected office, none more so than the President, saying those who fail to do so will be brought to book.

In light of the President’s prima facie breach of the Executive Ethics Code, Maimane said he would be laying a complaint with the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, requesting her office to investigate the matter and come to a timeous finding with suitable recommendations.

The Executive Members Ethics Act (82 of 1998) requires the Public Protector to investigate any alleged breach of the code of ethics on receipt of a complaint, and to submit a report on the alleged breach of the code of ethics within 30 days after receipt of a complaint.

“We will keenly await such a report,” added Maimane.

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