Just a few days after one of President Jacob Zuma’s makotis complained that her in-laws refused to pay for repairs to her bakkie, a group of women have claimed the Zuma family owes them money for catering.
The group is led by Sibahle Gumede of Sydenham in Durban, KZN.
The women said they were hired to work at the annual commemoration ceremony for Inkosi Mathomela Zuma, President Zuma’s grandfather, in Greytown last year.
“We were hired by organisers Jabulani and Ntokozo Zuma, who said they would pay us R40 000 for the three days’ work,” said Sibahle.
“We worked like slaves but instead of being paid we were given food parcels.
“When we called Ntokozo for payment he got annoyed and referred us to Jabulani. Jabulani said we were going to get the money, but we’re still waiting.
“We know we are nobodies, but we deserve payment for our work,” said Sibahle.
Ntokozo said Sibahle and her group were at the event illegally.
“Only Zumas are allowed at that ceremony,” Ntokozo said.
“We later discovered she was a Gumede.”
Jabulani put down the phone when asked about the payments.
“Sorry, I am on the road,” he said.