The Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation (TMZ), run by the First Lady, has denied allegations by a KwaZulu-Natal snake wrangler who claims he has not yet been paid in full for removing snakes from the president’s Nkandla home in December last year.
Foundation spokesperson Laila Saada told The Citizen the man, Jaco Derksen, was contracted by the Zuma family and not the TMZ Foundation.
“[Derksen] was contacted because the family had been seeing snakes near some of the houses at Nkandla. After [he did his job] and the family not finding any snakes on the premises, the family paid him the invoiced amount for his services,” Saada said.
He was contacted on December 18 and allegedly received the invoiced amount in full on December 21.
Later in the month, Derksen then “took it upon himself” to return to the household and began fumigating all the homes inside the presidential homestead.
He then sent an invoice, upwards of R50 000, which Derksen now claims he is owed.
Derksen, however, maintains that he was asked by the foundation to carry out the second operation.
“I received a letter from Mrs Zuma thanking me on behalf of the president and saying they were very happy with my service. I was then paid the remainder of the R18 000 for my original work, but nothing for the massive amount of extra work done, despite invoicing them for it,” he told Zululand Observer.
Derksen said he was considering taking further legal action against the foundation.
– Caxton News Service