IT IS imperative to analyse Jacob Zuma's business empire because it tells an interesting story.
Why did he not declare despite a letter from former chief operations officer Trevor Fowler in his handover report?
Knowing that central to his prosecution was his failure to declare R4million he received from Schabir Shaik, Zuma had a responsibility to declare.
His business empire covers mining, IT, media, beverages, project management, events management, catering, construction, the taxi and transport industry, hospitality and tourism and agriculture.
For years Zuma depended on dubious businesspeople - Shaik, Mabheleni Ntuli, Norah Fakude, Vivian Reddy, Sizani Dhlamini-Dubazane and Mandla Gcaba - to look after his family.
Soon after Polokwane his wives, children and girlfriends opened companies. Only Sizakele Zuma has a single company Udondolo Lwesizwe Trading Enterprises. NonkululekoMhlongo has 10. Four of these were formed after Polokwane. His fiancé Bongekile Ngema has three companies, formed after Polokwane.
It is clear that Zuma is not genuine because he enriched ANC people. His businesses cover the Middle East, hence the appointment of Mo Shaik as head of foreign intelligence and Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim as Deputy Ministers of international relations.
Sbu Mpisane and Gcaba were implicated in the killing of a police officer investigating taxi violence. The prosecution of Gcaba was sabotaged after Mpisane disappeared when he was supposed to be a state witness.
The appointment of Bheki Cele and Johan Booysen to head the Hawks will not solve this problem. The Gcaba brothers are related to the president. What does the SACP and Cosatu say about Zuma's empire? Do they still think Zuma is pro-poor?
Peter Moloi, Bloemfontein