According to Rapport, allegations have been made in the High Court of Pretoria that President Jacob Zuma, David Mahlobo (Minister of State Security), Nkosinathi Nhleko (Minister of Police) and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Minister of Defence) and the National Police Commissioner were involved in creating a new trade union to lure mine workers away from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).
It’s reported that the R120-million claim before the court has, amongst other things, to do with the financial affairs of the Workers Association Union (WAU). The union was formed two years ago to prevent the rise of Amcu in the platinum mining sector, especially after the Marikana Massacre of 2012. The union was registered on 24 February, 2014.
The plaintiff, Thebe Maswabi, a former Amcu member, says he formed the WAU at the instruction of Zuma, and that he received an enormous amount of money from intelligence agents to pay for the new union’s offices and for salaries.
It is alleged that the party failed to lure a significant amount of support away from Amcu and the funds began to dry up, leaving Maswabi solely responsible for the debt accumulated by the new union.
Rapport claims that the court papers say that the defendants, including Zuma, have indicated their intention to oppose the claim.
Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Majola said the matter is sub judice – under judicial consideration – and so cannot be discussed publicly. He added that it would run its course “in terms of the rules of the court”.
“Seeing that the matter is now following court processes, it would be inappropriate to comment before the process has been concluded,” said Simphiwe Dlamini, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s spokesperson.