This photo apparently features Jele and Jacob Zuma.
The Phalaphala scandal allegations continue to rise. Arthur Fraser named a man named "Imanuwela David" in his affidavit detailing the heist at President Cyril Ramaphosa's farm. About four months after he was suspected of helping steal millions of dollars from President Cyril Ramphosa's Phala Phala game property, the suspect, a Namibian native, escaped to his own country.
Police in South Africa appear to be taking a hands-off approach to the heist, but their counterparts in Namibia are on it like a rash. According to the Namibian police report obtained by amaBhungane, a certain Papa J assisted Imanuwela in his attempt to cross the border from South Africa into Namibia. When police in Namibia questioned David, they learned the relevant details. Imanuwela responded to interrogators by saying he had paid someone named "Papa J" R50,000 "to organize persons in Namibia and RSA to smuggle him into Namibia."
AmaBhungane probed deeper into identifying who this Papa J is. His given name is Mfundo Jele, as reported by the media outlet. Prince Mazibuko is the name of another man involved. They had this person behind the wheel of the car that brought Imanuwela into Namibia illegally. According to the report from Namibian Police, Jele served as head of intelligence in Durban and was a bodyguard of the “Mayor of Durban, Mr Ncwane”, however Durban has never had a mayor by that name. However, the publication, AmaBhungane, was not able to confirm if Jele had ever worked in intelligence or not. Amabhungane looked into Jele's social media accounts to learn more about his private life. His Instagram account reveals a man who flaunts his fortune and is ready to show off his proximity to former president Jacob Zuma.
On Jele's gallery, there's a photo taken on September 2020, which is of him at Zuma’s Nkandla residence. The caption reads, “My President”. His TikTok account also features other photos of him with Zuma. In one video slide, the two are seen at a dining table eating a meal. The two seem to be close. There's also videos of Jele speaking against Zuma’s detention around the time of the July Unrest. In one of the Instagram photographs provided by Jele, he is standing in front of a dressing table covered with money. The shot is captioned, “Cash is my middle name”.
AmaBhungane say they attempted reaching Jele but they could only reach his accomplice, Prince Mazibuko. According to the police investigation, Mazibuko was in the Hyundai i20 that “offloaded” David at the South African border town of Vioolsdrift. AmaBhungane understands that Mazibuko was driving the automobile. Jele, a boyhood buddy of Mazibuko's, reportedly asked him to help organize transportation for "his pal" David, and Mazibuko acknowledged this. Mazibuko, also a forex trader who is popular on social media, is facing 194 counts of theft and fraud after he allegedly conned 40 people of R735,000 through his company, Born Rich Group.
So, there's a mastermind behind the Phalaphala scam who is close to Zuma? But that does not indicate Zuma has some kind of expertise into the matter. We question why Zuma's name is being pulled into the scandal. Is it too much to ask that Ramaphosa wage his wars without bringing Zuma's reputation into disrepute?
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