Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma says he has ended his business relationship with the controversial Gupta family.
In a candid interview with Newzroom Afrika on Thursday, 29 October 2020, Zuma, who lives in Dubai, revealed he was not as close with the family as many people would think, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am doing my own thing, a new chapter of my life. I am no longer doing business with them. They are living elsewhere in the world,” Zuma said.
When asked why, he said:
“The past five years, especially the last two years, has been a time of reflection for everybody. We all grow, we learn from our experiences and it’s just a decision that I decided to make,”
He and his father have been accused of aiding the family to capture critical state resources and essentially line their pockets in the long run. They have both featured prominently in the State Capture Commission of Inquiry, which they have accused of being biased.
Duduzane Zuma: ‘I have not stolen money from anybody’
Depending on who you ask, Zuma is himself a businessman in his own right and insists everything he has done in that regard has been above board.
“I have not stolen money from anybody. There’s not one person that can come and stand in the studio and say, ‘this man has taken from me’. If anything, I’ve helped a lot of people out, I’ve contributed to successes, and I’ll continue to do so,” Zuma said.
He moved to Dubai, something which he said was not out of choice. Zuma said he had been excluded from the local banking system, which made doing business difficult.
“I was doing my business calmly as you saw, there’s a lot of media coverage that came on myself, my associates and my family on business dealings and that led to subsequent actions from certain institutions that basically forced me to make a move,” he said.
Zuma has remained mum on what exactly his business interests are in Dubai and has denied he is living off of blood money in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“That’s not the case. There’s been allegations of money being fly out from private planes; it’s not feasible, it’s not possible. Those are urban myths,” he said.