'Duduzane is my only son involved with money. Help him wherever you can'
President Jacob Zuma introduced his son Duduzane to a senior civil servant at his official Pretoria residence Mahlamba Ndlopfu in 2009‚ shortly after being elected president‚ and asked him to help his son wherever he could‚ the Sunday Times reported.
It late-night meeting is said to have also been attended by Rajesh “Tony” Gupta‚ it said.
The senior civil servant‚ Jacinto Rocha‚ was deputy director-general in the department of minerals and energy (now the Department of Mineral Resources) when the meeting took place. At the time‚ the Gupta brothers and Duduzane had their eyes on several mines.
“Zuma is understood to have told Rocha: “Duduzane is my only child involved with money. I will appreciate it if you would help him wherever you could.”
Rocha‚ according to the Sunday Times report‚ later resigned from the department‚ in January 2010‚ and started a mining consultancy that included Duduzane and the Guptas as clients.