Aurora's Zuma must be held to account for mine debacle
The tragedy faced by workers at the Aurora mines owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela's grandchild Zondwa Mandela continues with no end in sight.
What is shocking about this saga is that Zuma and Mandela continue to live lavishly while about 700 workers, who have not been paid their salaries for more than two years, eke out a living as beggars.
Yesterday, the Pretoria High Court ordered Zuma to pay more than R10-million to one of his company's creditors - Coin Security.
The court order is one of several actions taken against the two men, but to everyone's shock, they remain free and not bothered.
The money owed to Aurora's creditors is believed to be around R100-million.
The plight of hundreds of mineworkers, whose lives have been devastated, has not stopped either of them from flaunting their wealth.
Last month, Zuma was reported to have bought his fiancée, Fikisiwe Dlamini, a silver 2009 model Maserati, which sells for between R1-million and R1.6 million, for Christmas.
He presented the car to her at Umhlanga's five-star Oyster Box Hotel, which he regularly visits. The question being asked by ordinary South Africans is whether the two men would still be free if they were not connected to political power.
While President Zuma and former president Mandela are not linked to the business, their blood relationship to the owners and their deafening silence raises more questions than answers.
Johan Engelbrecht, one of the liquidators of the mine, yesterday summed up what many say at their dinner tables.
"Should Zuma fail to pay the money, Protea Coin must pursue the matter and press more charges.
"If he can afford to buy his fiancée an expensive car, he must pay up his debts."