South Africa: The Public Protector's Quest for Zuma Tax Records Is a Farce - Here's Why

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Here's why Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's decision to investigate whether former president Jacob Zuma received payments from businessman Roy Moodley while he was president is a futile exercise and why she won't find any trace of a Royal Security salary to Zuma after 9 May 2009 in his tax records.

When Jacob Zuma accessed his bank account at the end of May 2009, he must have been delighted. Not only had his first presidential salary been deposited into his account, but there was another "salary": from Royal Security, owned by his crony Roy Moodley.

The cash-strapped Zuma had received similar "salaries" for several months in the run-up to his inauguration on 9 May 2009, but Moodley's handouts should have stopped at the end of April.

How Zuma earned this second salary and the nature of his employment remain a mystery but, at that point, our president had two employers: the Republic of South Africa and Royal Security.

It is unconstitutional for the president to have another employer and it is unlawful for him to earn an additional income without declaring it to Parliament.

When Zuma stood in front of Chief Justice Pius Langa on 9 May 2009 and pledged in...

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