Jacob Zuma speaks out

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma speaks out. Former South African President Jacob Zuma has spoken out for the first time regarding the attempt by the Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane to access his tax information.

In October, Mkhwebane issued a subpoena to obtain the former president’s tax information, with a deadline set for Wednesday. On Tuesday, Kieswetter confirmed during a press briefing in Pretoria that the subpoena was suspended.

Mkwhebane’s efforrts were frustrated by Kieswetter who launched urgent legal action to block Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from obtaining Zuma’s tax information after he was accused by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in 2017 of pocketing undeclared money from a security company during his tenure as president.

Commenting on the matter Zuma said, I hear that my SARS records are being contested in court by Kieswetter. No one has consulted me about this matter. Furthermore, I have been informed that the office requesting these records is the office of the Public Protector. I need to clarify that I have never refused the office of the PP access to investigate my affairs. This country knows very well that the former Public Protector investigated me on a number of occasions and made findings against me.

“I never refused nor hid anything she wanted to investigate. Even where I personally thought she was going beyond her mandate and powers, I still obliged because I respect the office of the Public Protector and therefore I am not part of the contestation of my tax records.

It must be known that I have nothing to hide. If the Public Protector wants to see my SARS records she is free to do so. We should not make the job of the Public Protector difficult. If she wants my records, she must have them.”

Source – Bulawayo24 News


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