Court hears of Zuma nephew's lavish lifestyle, 3 engagements, 8 kids
01 October 2015, 10:43
Durban - Details of the lavish lifestyle of President Jacob
Zuma's nephew, minibus taxi boss Mfundo Gcaba, were revealed in open court on
Gcaba, along with William Kunene, Hezekiah Masiteng, Xolani
Mhlongo, Vusi Ngubane, Sibongiseni Khanyile, Lucas Mhlenti, Brett Rayner,
Thulani Dyanti, Mandla Nkosi and Mhlabunzima Gasa, were arrested after a
shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank which left three people dead, including
an innocent commuter.
The 11 men appeared at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on
Wednesday where they claimed to have acted in self-defence and denied being
members of both the Sonke and Zamokuhle taxi associations.
The shooting is believed to have been prompted following a
long-standing dispute between Sonke and Zamokhule Long Distance Taxi
Association over a specific route.
The court heard earlier that Gcaba was the main driving
force behind Sonke's illegal invasion of minibus taxi routes that allegedly
prompted the shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank.
Reading Gcaba’s affidavit during the bail application,
defence attorney Jimmy Howse laid bare details relating to his client's fleet
of cars and taxis as well as other intimate details. This included that he
shared his Umhlanga home with his brother, business mogul Mandla Gcaba, and that
he was engaged to three women through traditional laws.
Some of Gcaba's most prized possessions included: a 2010 Audi RS6 valued at approximately R300
000, a 2009 Audi Q7 valued at approximately R300 000, a 2014 Range Rover Evoque
valued at approximately R350 000, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C Class valued at
approximately R200 000, and a 2014 Golf 7 valued at approximately R300 000.
Informing the court of his personal circumstances during the
application, Gcaba's affidavit said he was a father of eight.
"Although I am unmarried, I have three boys, aged 11, 9
and 4 respectively and five girls aged 9, 8, 7, 5 and 4 respectively."
Gcaba said although his children lived with their mothers,
he was the sole breadwinner and paid for the children’s education as well as
their general well-being.
"I own 24 taxis with an average value of R300 000 per
taxi. Twelve of my taxis are very new and are subject to credit agreements with
"The other twelve are freehold and are also relatively
new and in good condition."
Gcaba said his taxi business employed 24 drivers and three
managers. The business generated approximately R400 000 per month.
"I am engaged to three women through traditional laws
and have paid lobola for them. I plan to marry them in the foreseeable
Gcaba told the court that he did not own a passport and had
no intention of applying for one while out on bail.
The case continues on Thursday.