Fresh from a topsy-turvy appearance at the State Capture Inquiry, Duduzane Zuma and his legal team have revealed that the businessman will sue both the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over a case of wrongful arrest. He’s also claiming he was the victim of a “malicious prosecution”.
Inside the wrongful arrest claim laid by Duduzane Zuma
In July 2018, Duduzane Zuma was apprehended by law enforcement at an airport in Johannesburg, in connection with bribery claims made by Mcebisi Jonas. The former minister claimed he was offered R600 million to serve the Guptas’ best interests in government, and that Zuma Jnr was present in the meeting.
However, the younger Zuma has strenuously denied these allegations – flipping the spotlight back on Jonas himself. Duduzane told the State Capture Inquiry on Monday that Jonas knew exactly why he was meeting the billionaires, and the claims about a massive bribe are simply untrue.
State Capture testimony
He was soon processed in The Johannesburg Commercial Crimes court on charges of corruption. But the case was dropped at the beginning of 2019, due to a lack of evidence and “improper” police procedure. Now, Duduzane Zuma has explained that he will be suing the two arms of state law enforcement for R1.5 million:
“I will most definitely [take legal action for wrongful arrest].The reason for that is, as you found out on the charge sheet there has not been a complaint, so in my limited knowledge of how things work it is as if there’s no complaint, there’s no charge. So, someone has to explain exactly what’s going on.”
Duduzane Zuma strikes back over 2018 arrest
This particular appearance in court caused fury across South Africa, and particularly on social media. Duduzane Zuma was placed in iron shackles, sparking debates about race and the way black suspects are treated in comparison to their white counterparts.
The judiciary were forced to explain that it is up to the individual court’s discretion to decide who must be placed in chains. Nonetheless, the alleged ‘humiliation’ suffered by the former president’s son has stayed with him, and DZ looks set to do everything he can to restore his dented pride.
Duduzane Zuma had his version of events questioned by DCJ Raymond Zondo on Tuesday, after putting in a flawlessly-calm performance on Monday. He won’t be returning to the hot-seat any time soon, but dad Jacob is likely to return in the near future – Msholozi has already been briefed about what the State Capture Inquiry will ask him next.