South Africa: parliament to grill Zuma and Mandela relatives over mine

Mail and Guardian

Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources is considering subpoenaing the politically connected Aurora Empowerment Systems directors, Business Report wrote on Tuesday.

This came after the committee requested that Khulubuse Zuma, a nephew of President Jacob Zuma, and Zondwa Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, brief parliamentarians on progress made in paying the back-dated salaries and benefits of Pamodzi mine workers.

Aurora’s third director, Michael Hulley, has acted as President Zuma’s personal lawyer and was appointed as a legal advisor in the presidency last week.

The newspaper reported that the committee had asked the directors of Aurora to brief it 10 days ago, but had not received any response.

“We are particularly concerned that the workers will face another Christmas without any benefits … they face another dark Christmas,” said committee whip Faith Bikani.  Read more…


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