Duduzane Zuma

Duduzane Zuma released on R100 000 bail, corruption case set for 2019

Zuma’s son was seen in shackles. That didn’t stop him smiling and joking, though.

Duduzane Zuma

The most “notorious” Zuma son, Duduzane Zuma, was released on Monday after being granted bail. Zuma appeared in shackles and was seen smiling and making jokes. There wasn’t even a drop of worry in his eyes.

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Zuma handed himself over at the Johannesburg Central Police Station ahead of his appearance at the Specialised Crimes Court. While he arrived in good spirits and enthusiastically greeted journalists, his time in the dock was short lived.

Zuma’s corruption case has now been postponed to 24 January 2019 and he has been released on R100 000 bail. He has also voluntarily handed over his passport to authorities.

Zuma is facing corrupting charges relating to the infamous R600m bribe offer that was made to then Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas on behalf of the Gupta family.

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While the full details of the charges were unclear going into the appearance, Zuma’s lawyer, Rudi Krause, confirmed to the media that they are corruption charges relating to the Jonas incident

The charges date back to an incident which occurred in 2015, involving businessman Fana Hlongwane, older Gupta brother Ajay, and Jonas. Jonas was allegedly offered a bribe of R600 million coupled with the promoted position of finance minister.

With Zuma spending the last few months out of the country, he was briefly detained at the airport due to a watch notice that had been posted. There was no warrant for arrest and he was released. He returned to the country for the funeral of his brother, Vusi Zuma.

Things are not going to get better throughout the week for Duduzane Zuma, though. On Thursday, he will appear in the South Gauteng High Court on charges of culpable homicide. The charges relate to an incident four years ago where Zuma ploughed into a minibus taxi, killing two passengers.