Khulubuse Zuma, former director of Aurora Empowerment Systems and nephew of former president Jacob Zuma, was sequestrated in the Durban High Court on Wednesday after he failed to comply with the repayment agreement the liquidators agreed upon with him, trade union Solidarity has said.
The union welcomed Zuma’s sequestration, the union’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis said in a statement.
“This means that justice will finally prevail for the 5,300 Aurora employees who lost their jobs after Aurora destroyed the Pamodzi mines that were temporarily placed under their supervision by the Pamodzi liquidators in 2009-2010, and after Aurora failed to pay the employees’ salaries for a period of eight months,” he said.
The sequestration order meant a full investigation could now be conducted into all of Khulubuse Zuma’s business interests from September 2009 when he was appointed as director of Aurora until the date of sequestration.
“Hopefully this investigation will reveal what happened to the approximately R170 million that disappeared at the mines, and also what [Khulubuse] Zuma’s business interests in Africa was or are,” said Du Plessis.
The investigation would also determine whether he had any interests in Dubai.
In the meantime, Khulubuse Zuma’s possessions would be auctioned off and hopefully the proceeds of the auction could be used to pay some of the former Aurora employees’ outstanding salaries.
The sequestration application for another former Aurora director, Zondwa Mandela, grandchild of former president Nelson Mandela, would be heard in February and the sequestration applications against other former Aurora directors Fazel and Solly Bhana were in the process of being finalised, Du Plessis said.
– African News Agency (ANA),