Aurora Empowerment Systems is an active investment company, focusing on high-growth investment opportunities under the ownership of President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Gadaffi Mandela.
However, to most South Africans, Aurora Empowerment Systems is nothing more than a company which hasn’t paid its’ mining employees since March last year. According to Times Live (10 April 2011), Aurora Empowerment Systems “owes 100 miners more than R4.5-million in wages”, which I find to be very odd considering that Zuma’s nephew owns a personal fleet of 19 vehicles, including two BMW 750i sedans worth about R1.1-million each; according to a Sunday Times article written about him. It has also been alleged that, Aurora deducted pension fund and Unemployment Insurance Fund money from salaries, but never paid this money over to the fund.
Despite all this, Khulubuse Zuma, is said to have recently pledged R1 million to the ANC. In my opinion, the ANC should have rejected his pledge and condemned his splashing around of cash, which is a slap in the face of the unpaid workers. Accepting his money sends out a message that the ANC is willing to accept any and all money whether stolen or irrespective of who has died because of that money. This may seem to be an exaggeration to some, however, considering that a worker has committed suicide because of the unpaid workers and that whole families are destitute because of the situation, the ANC becomes an accomplice to so much negativity, by virtue of accepting the money.
There is no doubt that the ANC, like all parties approaching elections is in need of money to campaign. But to me, the greatest campaign would be ensuring that they don’t accept money literally taken from the mouths of others.