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Zuma to sue Sunday Times over its reporting of his alleged possession of millions of Gaddafi’s missing money

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Former President Jacob Zuma is allegedly set to take legal action over claims of having been in possession of millions of rands from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Former President Jacob Zuma took to Twitter on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, to deny allegations made by Sunday Times that he was in possession of $30 million dollars (R422 million) that was entrusted to him by the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In a story titled “Gaddafi’s missing millions”, the paper alleged that Gaddafi had put this money in Zuma’s trust in 2011 so that Zuma could use it, should he need legal representation and to take care of his family.

Zuma tweeted, “Sigh! I owe millions in legal fees … I’ve asked you to assist with that one title deed in order for me to sell that house. I now hear that I have been keeping money belonging to my late brother Gaddafi. Where’s this money because His Majesty knows nothing about it?”

The publication also implicated the eSwatini monarch King Mswati III, alleging that the money had been moved from Zuma’s Nkandla home to eSwatini when then public protector Thuli Madonsela was investigating Zuma’s improper security upgrades to his home in Nkandla in 2013. The paper alleged that at the beginning of March 2019, King Mswati III had denied being in possession of this money during President Ramaphosa’s visit to eSwatini, but later confirmed in a meeting with President Ramaphosa last week that he had the money.

International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu addressed the matter during an ANC briefing on Monday, 8 April 2019.

“There is no money that we are aware of and I spoke honestly and as the minister of international relations, I have not found any money that belongs to Libyans. If the Libyans make a request for us to investigate this matter, we will. The story on the front page [of the Sunday Times] doesn’t reflect the realities on the ground,” she said.

According to Africa News 24-7, Zuma will reportedly take legal action against the Sunday Times and the journalist in her personal capacity. The news outlet, known to have direct access to former President Zuma, also took to social media to break the news in a tweet posted on Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

“Breaking News: Former President @PresJGZuma is set to sue The Sunday Times and its journalist in her personal capacity following its claims that R422 million from Muammar Gaddafi was hidden at Zuma’s Nkandla residence and moved to Swaziland earlier this year, Developing story.”

Abenathi Gqomo
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