The Presidency has hit back at critics following an allegation by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema that President Zuma visited India on a Gupta-related business.
On Thursday, the defiant opposition leader revealed that the president visited United Arab Emirate to drop off R6 billion belonging to the heavily-connected Gupta family.
The wide-mouthed fighter alleged that the president (who most leaders accused of being in bed with the Guptas) landed Dubai to deliver Gutptas money.
“We know for a fact that Zuma’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates had nothing to do with South Africa’s interests but the interests of the Guptas.
The stated reasons that Zuma went to advance the tourist market interests of our country are false. Zuma went to Dubai, which is a tax heaven, to deliver the money of the Guptas and himself. (He) used this strategy because his plane, unlike all other civilian planes, does not get subjected to custom checks.”
Meanwhile, the presidency has refuted Malema’s claims. Speaking in a statement on Saturday, the presidency described the allegations as “preposterous and malicious.”
The presidency reiterated that President Zuma visited AUE for a peaceful bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Mr. Malema’s allegation has no basis in fact. President Zuma recently concluded successful visits to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen bilateral trade and economic relations between South Africa and the two countries respectively.
“Mr Malema’s malicious allegations are both untruthful and defamatory. The Presidency reserves its rights in this regard,” the Presidency said.
President Zuma has continued to receive heavier blows and punches from critics and rivals after ConCourt’s judgement on Thursday. EFF’s Malema has been on the forefront of the battle. Yesterday, he enjoined all and sundry to join hands and ‘unseat’ the president.