Johannesburg – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane was not supposed to be in ankle chains when he appeared at the Johannesburg Specialised Crimes Court on corruption charge early this week, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said.
Some people took to social media to express concern about Duduzane’s ankle chains during his corruption court appearance on Monday.
Speaking at an imbizo in Gauteng, Masutha said that he was awaiting a full report on exactly happened on Monday. He further said that authorities at the Specialised court told him that Duduzane was in chains because the building has no cells for accused people.
“It is apparent to me even before I get a full report that what transpired on that day is not ideal. That is not how the situation should have occurred. They at some point tightened security measures where there were incidents of escape in the past as well as incidents of suicide apparently about six months ago,” Masutha said. He was released on R100 000 bail and due in court in January 2019.
Duduzane’s appearance was linked to plans to bribe former Deputy Finance minister Mcebisi Jonas. In 2016, Jonas alleged that Ajay Gupta offered him a post of Finance Minister and R600m bribe in exchange for executive decisions favourable to the interest of the Gupta family.
During the meeting that took place at the Gupta compound in Saxonworld, Ajay Gupta said the Gupta family had made R6b and wanted to increase the money to R8b, but some senior manager at the national treasury were a stumbling block. Nhlanhla Nene who was the Finance minister at the time was sacked from his position on December 09 2015 and Des Van Rooyen replaced him for four days.
Duduzane arrived in South Africa from Dubai last Thursday and was briefly detained at the OR Tambo airport. He also appeared at the Randburg magistrate court on Thursday on culpable homicide charges.
He is back in the same court on August 23.