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Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation


In parts of Africa where governments are weak, corrupt, and lack popular legitimacy, individuals seek to avoid paying their taxes. Motivation for tax non-payment ranges from being a form of protest to there being a government with little or no ability to enforce penalties. Instead of taxes paid by individuals, states often rely on revenue that is easy to collect, such as customs and excise duties, sales taxes, and from taxes owed by big corporations that are engaged in extractive industries, often in partnerships with the government. The general willingness of people to pay individual taxes is a useful marker of the perceived legitimacy of a government and the state. In apartheid South Africa, few non-whites paid taxes, other than value added taxes (VAT), a form of sales tax that falls…

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Zuma’s Defiance Hampers Ramaphosa Bid to Reform South Africa


Jacob Zuma is refusing to go away quietly.

Pressured to resign as the nation’s president in February, Zuma retains significant influence in the ruling African National Congress, and his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been forced to keep some of the former leader’s allies in the cabinet. That’s hampered the new president’s bid to unify the party, fight corruption and implement policies to restore confidence in the economy.

Zuma, 76, still attends ANC events, including at least one National Executive Committee meeting. He voiced criticism of his opponents in the party last week when speaking to hundreds of supporters in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal after appearing in court on graft charges, which he denies, and said that some of his accusers are “corrupt…

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South African: Court postpones Zuma’s case to July


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09.06.2018 at 17h21
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South Africa’s National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and the lawyer for former president Jacob Zuma on Friday requested the Durban High Court to postpone the hearing in Zuma’s corruption case.The NPA said it wants to study the arms company Thales’ demands to withdraw the case from proceeding further. Due to the requests, the case against former president will resume on 27 July in Pietermaritzburg, the court ruled.

Zuma made his appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday, ready to hear the case only to have it postponed, mainly due to the French arms firm’s representation.

The court ordered the former president to return for the case in which he is facing…

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Former S. African president Zuma’s case postponed to July – Xinhua


JOHANNESBURG, June 8 (Xinhua) — The case against former South African President Jacob Zuma was postponed to July 27 by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday.

Zuma made appearance facing 16 charges related to corruption, racketeering and money-laundering. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the charges involve the arms deal of the late 1990s.

Deputy Judge President Njabuliseni Madondo said, “By consent, this matter is adjourned to 27 July 2018 at Pietermaritzburg. The reason for this is that Pietermaritzburg has more accommodation.”

The former president had initially escaped prosecution, although his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was jailed for corruption in the arms procurement.

Zuma’s supporters held a vigil on Thursday night.

Zuma addressed the crowd who…

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EXCLUSIVE: Zuma’s mystery meeting with South African spook murdered in Serbia


Former president Jacob Zuma met with murdered South African state security contract agent George Darmanovic at his official office in Pretoria when Zuma was still head of state, raising questions about whether the controversial operative was working for him.

Darmanovic, who was assassinated in Serbia on Sunday, has been described by sources as a serial information peddler.

Zuma and Darmanovic, along with Frans Richards, who previously worked in South African intelligence circles, as well as a fourth man said to be linked to state security work but whose identity was not immediately apparent, were photographed in Zuma’s office in 2012.

On Tuesday, Richards confirmed the authenticity of the photograph and told News24: “It was not a social meeting.”

While Richards’ response suggests the meeting was…

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Putin, Jacob Zuma’s Russian nuclear $76 billion deal stopped by South African activists — Quartz


It made no sense that a country like South Africa, with year-round sunshine, would abandon its renewable energy options to focus on nuclear power instead.

But a nuclear energy deal between South Africa and Russia has been at the center of much of South Africa’s political uncertainty as well as corruption allegations under former president Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February. The deal, which would have cost South Africa $76 billion to build a Russian-run nuclear energy plant, would have gone ahead if it weren’t for two women. For their work, Makoma Lekalakala, 52, and Liz McDaid, 55, were among those honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco on Apr. 23.

In 2014, Lekalakala received a tip from environmental activists in Russia that the South African government had…

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