Political Desk:R1 million rand bribe?

Former President Jacob Zuma is set to appear in court on corruption charges on April 6, but further allegations have come to light that Zuma accepted a R1 million cash bribe from an abalone dealer in exchange for keeping Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana in his Cabinet.

It's also claimed that an affidavit signed in Centurion in December, reveals that Zokwana, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and Agriculture Department Deputy Director-Deneral Siphokazi Ndudane each received a R300 000 bribe from the same individual.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Mahlatse Mahlase, News24 politics editor said it will be interesting to see how the SACP reacts to these allegations, since they have been at the forefront of calls for those implicated in the state capture to be arrested.

This also speaks to a bigger issue in the abalone trade, there haven't been clear guidelines of what happens to the abalone that has been confiscated and just shows how corruption spreads.

Mahlatse Mahlase, News24 politics editor

Mahlatse said it was interesting to see the African National Congress (ANC) saying it will not be supporting its former president in his upcoming corruption trial, but at the same time wont stop individuals from doing what they feel is right.

It just shows how weakened the Zuma brigade withing the ANC is currently.

Mahlatse Mahlase, News24 politics editor

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