Hawks probe Supra Mahumapelo gift of R1.5m to Zuma

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A herd of cattle worth R1.5-million was given to Jacob Zuma as a gift from North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The cattle – 24 cows and a bull, were delivered to Nkandla in October 2016.These cows were paid for by using public funds.

These cows should have gone to emerging farmers in Mahumapelo’s province. They were delivered to Nkandlo in October 2016 and signed for by Zuma himself.

The delivery of the cows was reportedly confirmed by Lucas Msiza, the cattle breeder, who was contracted to deliver top quality cattle by a company with a R56-million contract with a North West government department.

The Sunday Times reported that the Hawks are investigating the scandal, which could lead to charges of fraud and corruption against Mahumapelo and the former president. Zuma is already facing 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering, stemming from the multibillion-rand arms deal.

Mahumapelo is also under heavy pressure to step down as premier, with North West residents rioting this week over his links to several other corruption scandals.

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