Author stands by Zuma, Dlamini Zuma claims in book

The author of a controversial book that accuses President Jacob Zuma of tax evasion and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of dealings with a notorious businessman says he stands by his work.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The author of a controversial book that accuses President Jacob Zuma of tax evasion and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of dealings with a notorious businessman says he stands by his work.

Jacques Pauw’s The President’s Keeper claims that Dlamini Zuma’s campaign is funded by Adriano Mazzotti.

Mazotti is purported to have signed an affidavit in 2014 in which he admits his complicity in a host of crimes, including fraud, money laundering, corruption, tax evasion and bribery.

The book also claims that president Zuma received R1 million a month from a security company without declaring it to the revenue service.

Pauw says he didn’t approach the Presidency or Dlamini Zuma for a reply because he felt it was too dangerous.

“This is clearly not a work of journalism, this is not a story in a newspaper. But even the press makes provision for the fact that if the newspapers, for example, believes that publication can be stopped by asking people for comment, it is justifiable not to go to those persons to get their side of the story.”

Dlamini Zuma's spokesperson Carl Niehaus insists they have no ties with Mazzotti.

“Primarily this campaign is being funded and run through volunteers, people who do not demand payment for their time but we do it out of commitment.”