Duduzane Zuma is due to appear in Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court today where he is set to be charged with corruption.
The son of former president Jacob Zuma will be charged in connection with the role he played in trying to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas at the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound in October 2015.
At a meeting with Duduzane, businessman Fana Hlongwane and older Gupta brother Ajay, Jonas was allegedly offered the position of finance minister as well as a bribe of R600m.
Highly placed Hawks sources told City Press that Duduzane (34), a longtime Gupta business partner and lieutenant, will be charged with contravening the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.
On Thursday, Duduzane travelled back to South Africa from Dubai, where he now lives, on the same flight as his lawyer, Rudi Krause. The two travelled together after, Hawks sources believe, Krause had been consulting with Duduzane ahead of his appearance in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on a separate charge of culpable homicide.
When they landed on Thursday evening, Duduzane was briefly detained at OR Tambo International Airport. City Press has learnt that when he handed his passport to the immigration officers, it was picked up by the system after it was placed on the Hawks’ domestic watch list.
Duduzane’s details had not been placed on the watch list of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) because Hawks officers did not want him to get wind of the fact that he was wanted in South Africa, City Press learnt.
“The Hawks were immediately notified and officers were dispatched to the airport, where a copy of the warrant of the arrest was produced,” said a senior Hawks official familiar with the details of the case.
“He immediately wanted to apply for bail, saying he was due to attend his brother’s funeral on Saturday.”
This is the first time that such a senior actor in state capture will face the law on corruption charges.