Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

Details of Jacob Zuma’s R200K record deal furnished

Jacob Zuma GadaffiThe deal, it seems, was supposed to be part of the City’s ’25 years of democracy’ celebrations.

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Durban mayor, Zandile Gumede, has denied having any knowledge of a recording deal the City allegedly had with former president Jacob Zuma.

As reported by IOL News, eThekwini’s head of the parks, culture and recreation department, Thembinkosi Ngcobo, tabled a report with details of the alleged recording deal the City had with Zuma.

How was Jacob Zuma going to benefit from record deal?

In it, it was found that the former president, together with a string of unidentified artists, would have pocketed an estimated R200 000 from participating in the recording project.

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This, according to the findings of the report, was a fifth of the R1-million that was allegedly set aside for the City’s participation in the celebrations of 25 years of democracy that, as Ngcobo put it, fell under the banner of the Liberation Heritage Routes Project.

How was the R200K going to be spent?

The inclusion of Zuma, according to the parks, culture and recreations head, was crucial in encouraging people to learn about South Africa’s history.

“April represented a lot of pain for many South Africans as it was the month coloniser Jan van Riebeeck arrived in 1652, followed by the assassination of… Chris Hani in 1993. Citizens needed to learn about their local history, and the event would achieve that,” Ngcobo explained.

According to the report, the R200 000 was going to cover essentials like transportation, refreshments and the participation of the artists, including Zuma, in recording the struggle songs.

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Durban mayor’s convenient amnesia

Gumede vehemently denied any knowledge of such a project involving the former president, as she said that the matter was never brought to the attention of the City’s executive council (exco).

“You can ask Ngcobo about that since it was raised in the committee. Probably, it will be on the agenda in the next exco meeting. At this stage, I have no knowledge of such recording,” the mayor told the Sunday Tribune.

The matter has been shelved for now after a scuffle broke out between members of the ANC and DA in the caucus meeting.

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