Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday, denied hiding some $30 million belonging to the late Libyan chief, Moamer Gaddafi, in his mansion.
“Sigh! I owe tens of millions in authorized charges… I now hear that I’ve been holding cash belonging to my late brother Gaddafi,’’ tweeted Zuma, who’s embroiled in quite a few corruption scandals.
Over the weekend, South Africa’s Sunday Occasions newspaper revealed an investigation that mentioned Libyan army authorities have requested President Cyril Ramaphosa to assist recuperate Gaddafi’s tens of millions – now believed to be in eSwatini, previously Swaziland.
“The place’s this cash, as a result of His Majesty is aware of nothing about it?’’ Zuma tweeted, referring to the Swazi king, who the Occasions mentioned had lately confirmed the existence of the cash to Ramaphosa.
Earlier than he was deposed and killed in 2011, the Libyan chief had a powerful relationship with South Africa and Zuma had provided his “brother” safe-haven, in accordance with the Occasions.
Gaddafi as a substitute requested him to safeguard about $30 million, for use for lawyer charges ought to he be taken to the Worldwide Felony Court docket, the Occasions mentioned.
After holding the cash at his luxurious rural house Nklanda – itself a supply of Zuma’s myriad troubles after he used public cash to pay for upgrades – Zuma then gave it to King Mswati of eSwatini to take care of, the paper alleges.
Nonetheless, South Africa’s Worldwide Relations Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has rubbished the Occasions story.
“This can be a story that has been circulating for a lot of, a few years, that the Libyans had introduced their cash right here,’’ she informed reporters this week.
“There isn’t any cash in Swaziland, there isn’t a cash that we’re conscious of.’’