Publication: SABC News Website Issued: Date: 2004-10-03

Zuma Corruption Allegations Against Him are Unfounded



SABC News Website

Date 2004-10-03

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Jacob Zuma, the deputy president

Jacob Zuma, the deputy president, says allegations of corruption against him are unfounded. Zuma was responding to reports quoting a leaked auditors report fingering him, while he was attending a function to honour the Cradock Residents' Association (Cradora) in the Eastern Cape.

His back might be against the wall according to an independent auditor's report but Zuma's popularity among the people seems as high as ever.

The deputy president said he had never been given an opportunity to give his side of the story in the multi-billion rand arms deal corruption case against his financial consultant Schabir Sheik. "This issue has been around for a long time. I've never been charged nor had a chance to clear my name in court."

Zuma, Nosimo Balindlela, the Eastern Cape Premier, and Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the environmental affairs minister, were at the 21st birthday celebrations of Cradora.

The organisation fought against apartheid at grass roots level. It was so successful that four of its leaders, the so-called Cradock Four, were killed by the state. The Association is still fighting, but now the enemy is poverty, unemployment and HIV and Aids.

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