Wednesday, 26 February 2014


JOHANNESBURG: President JACOB Zuma of South Africa has acknowledged some people have used his name for political mileage and to advance their own business interests.

State radio, SABC News, says his comments come after some sections of the media accused the President of allowing the GUPTA family to land an aircraft full of wedding guests at the Waterkloof Airforce Base last year.

President Zuma has told SABC News in an exclusive interview the practice of name-dropping goes back to the First democratic government led by the late President Nelson Mandela. He says Tata Madiba left and then Thabo Mbeki came in and his name was abused; he is aware of it when it comes to him.

President Zuma says he also aware people are taking decisions and messing up the names of others. He has also criticized the media for reporting based on what he describes as unfounded allegations regarding his private home in the Nkandla area of Kwazulu-Natal Province.

The South African Head of State also says no one should interrupt the on-going investigation regarding Nkandla. Meanwhile, sentencing procedures in the murder trial of widow, Thandi Maqubela, have been expected to resume in the Western Cape High Court. State radio says she was found guilty of murdering her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in JUNE 2009. Ms. Maqubela was in November last year found guilty of murdering her husband and forging his signature on a will.

Her co-accused and former business partner, Vela Mabena, was acquitted; and in December, the widow applied for bail, pending sentencing, but this was denied

The trial of the South African widow was postponed in November for the defence to get a clinical psychologist to testify in the sentencing procedures.


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