Duduzane Zuma.    Picture: JAMES OATWAY
Duduzane Zuma. Picture: JAMES OATWAY

Shortly after being elected president, Jacob Zuma introduced his son Duduzane to a senior civil servant at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, his official Pretoria residence.

In a late-night meeting in 2009 said to have also been attended by Rajesh Gupta‚ Zuma asked Jacinto Rocha — then deputy director-general in the department of minerals and energy (now the Department of Mineral Resources) — to help his son wherever he could‚ the Sunday Times reported.

"Zuma is understood to have told Rocha: "Duduzane is my only child involved with money. I will appreciate it if you would help him wherever you could."

Rocha‚ according to the Sunday Times report‚ later resigned from the department‚ in January 2010‚ and started a mining consultancy that included Duduzane and the Guptas as clients.

Sunday Times

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