A report in the Sunday Times has a revealed a list of 42 questions that president Jacob Zuma has refused to answer relating to a probe on state capture by former public protector, Thuli Madonsela.
Madonsela told the paper that despite a three hour visit to Zuma’s official residence on the 6 October, 2016, Zuma did not want to answer any of the questions. Instead, he asked for the questions to be handed over to him, promising a response on the Monday (10 October).
The president did not honour his commitment however, and on Thursday initiated legal action to block Madonsela from releasing her report on state capture.
Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said that the president had not refused to answer questions.
“He has asked to be given adequate time to answer comprehensively various questions posed to him, some touching on matters dating back as early as 2009. The questions required him to speak to at least 21 people identified.
“All he has asked for is to be given adequate time … He has also asked to be given access to certain information as provided for in the Public Protector Act.”
The Sunday Times said it has seen a copy of the questions Madonsela gave Zuma on 6 October, 2016.
Among the questions are:
- How often do you visit the Gupta family at their Saxonwold residence?
- Besides visiting Saxonwold to service your friendship with the Gupta family, what are the other reasons why you have visited Saxonwold?
- Has a member of the Gupta family ever given you or a member of your family a gift, no matter how trivial? Please provide details.
- Six months after you were elected president of the ANC, your son, Duduzane, and your daughter, Duduzile, were elevated to positions of directors in [Sahara, a Gupta-owned company]. Were you surprised at their sudden elevation at a relatively young age?
- I have received information that Ajay Gupta made Duduzane a billionaire and bought [your son] a house in Dubai. Is this true?
- It has been reported that a member of the Gupta family or a company linked to them assisted one of your wives to purchase a house in Waterkloof, Pretoria. Is this true and if so, why did they assist her?
- Has the Jacob Zuma Foundation ever received any donation from the Gupta family or any Gupta or Duduzane Zuma owned company?
A number of questions also relate to allegations by government officials of political meddling by the Gupta family. These cases have been well documented and include former MEC, Vytjie Mentor, deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, and former CEO of government communication and information services, Themba Maseko.
Several questions also relate to president Zuma’s decision to remove Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister on 9 December 2015, and is appointment of Des van Rooyen.
Read the full report in the Sunday Times.