Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

South Africa: Trainspotter – Panama Papers – How Zuma’s Family Is Implicated in the Greatest Corruption Data Dump of All Time

It’s early days. But when it comes to the so-called Panama Papers – a 2.4 terabyte leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm called Mossack Fonseca – it does appear that we’re dealing with a data leak bigger than both Wikileaks and the Snowden files. Most important, it regards something we have always known, but have struggled to prove: the rich and celebrated hide their money in secret offshore tax shelters. Welcome to one of the biggest stories of our time. And while you’re settling in, try guessing which famous South African family immediately pops up in the files? By RICHARD POPLAK.

Here’s a booming salvo from the vast global digi-mocracy we were promised by the earliest of the internet’s Utopians: Clive Khulubuse Zuma is a big fat scumbag.

Oh, I’m aware that this was common knowledge before some unbelievably heroic soul snagged 2.4 terabytes of filth from the servers of a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.

A resulting collaborative media project has mined the data for recognisable names, and fancy-ass notables like Vladimir Putin, Lionel Messi and the president of Iceland are now implicated in a reverse alchemical process that has turned money into – fresh air!.



PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma should be charged for failing to uphold the Constitution, arrested and the keys thrown away, according to the leader of opposition Congress of the People (COPE) Mosiuoa Lekota.

Lekota said this while addressing members of his party and welcoming members from several opposition parties at Oskraal Village, near Brits, North West, on Saturday.

The party has also kick started its elections campaign drive for the 2016 local government elections and encouraging voters to register for the elections.

COPE is among many political parties who have begun their drive to motivate residents to register and vote in these highly contested local government elections.

Addressing his followers Lekota says President Zuma’s apology for the Nkandla saga, is not acceptable.

“He must be arrested but the only body that is authorized under the Constitution to arrest him is the Constitution. Arrest him in the sense that it can impeach him. There would be no equality before the law if the National Assembly didn’t act against him for breaking the law and that must be done under section 89.”

“We want to go to our people, we need to explain to them that they have to change [this] in terms of voting into power men and women that can be trusted to prioritize delivery of services and the improvement of the lives of the people. Local government is most important for the delivery of services to the people. The conditions in which our people live today; townships that were looking bright with tarred roads some of them have pot holes everywhere,” he says.

South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said early estimates of the cost of non-security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla personal residence were around 10 million rand.

However, Madonsela cautioned that this would probably not be the final figure that Zuma has to repay as it was arrived at early in the investigation into the renovations that overall cost 240 million rand ($16.3 million).

Meanwhile, former United Nations Judge Navi Pillay has heaped praises on the Constitutional Court’s judgment on the Nkandla debacle.

Pillay says it is a clear indication that South Africa has a strong independent judiciary.

“I fully agree with the well-reasoned judgment of the chief justice and I myself being a fellow judge with huge experience felt very emotional when I heard his judgment delivered,” says Pillay.

Pillay says the South African judiciary continues to lead by example in Africa and the rest of the world. –