BBC BLOGS - Andrew Harding on Africa
« Previous | Main | Next »

Generosity or a guilty conscience?

Andrew Harding | 11:37 UK time, Sunday, 12 September 2010

President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, has just revealed that he plans to donate a fortune
- earned abruptly and in somewhat unusual circumstances - to underprivileged South Africans. People who "are needy and disadvantaged like I once was".

All of the money comes from a controversial mining deal that has outraged many here and led one union leader to describe South Africa as "heading in the direction of a full-blown predator state, in which a powerful, corrupt and demagogic elite of political hyenas increasingly controls the state as a vehicle for accumulation".

Interestingly, it's not just Duduzane who has suddenly been overcome by a charitable urge. His partners in the deal, the Gupta family, are also reported to be giving away 70% of their profits.

The timing is interesting. President Zuma - bruised and weakened - is trying to rally support ahead of the ANC's national general council in a week's time. He has brushed aside talk of cronyism in relation to his family. But stand by for plenty more revelations and fireworks in the coming days.


or register to comment.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.