According to reports, Zuma allegedly accepted a R1 million cash bribe from a Western Cape abalone dealer, Deon Larry, in exchange for keeping Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana in his Cabinet.
In an affidavit deposed at the Lyttelton Police Station in Centurion, in December, businessman Chaile Seretse further alleges that Zokwana, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and Agriculture Department Deputy Director-General, Siphokazi Ndudane, each received a R300 000 bribe from Larry.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi could not confirm Zuma’s involvement in the matter.
“It’s an affidavit that has been disposed and as such we are of the view that we would want to interrogate those allegations before we make any official pronouncements on what it is all about but these are matters raised on corruption and bribery. Even the names that have been pointed out, we are not at a stage to divulge anything. What we would request is to be given space to do our work. Once we are done we will be able to get directions from the NPA whether there would be a case to be answered or not.”