DA Dares The President To Take Legal Action
Reacting to the Sunday Times story about Zuma’s Dubai Palace which the Guptas purchased for the President, the Presidency asserted that the story is a fabrication.
A statement the Presidency issued about the Dubai Palace worth R330 read:
“The story in the Sunday Times newspaper today, 4 June 2017, that President Jacob Zuma owns a ‘palace’ in Dubai is a fabrication.
President Zuma does not own any property outside South Africa and has not requested anybody to buy property for him abroad.
The President has also not received or seen the reported emails and has no knowledge of them.”
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Now, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party has dared President Zuma to take legal action against Sunday Times if the Dubai Palace story is truly fabricated. The party stated:
“…If the story is, in fact, false – as the Presidency claims – the DA challenges the President to take legal action against the newspaper for publishing false and defamatory information about him and his good friends, the Gupta brothers.
If Jacob Zuma has nothing to hide, then he must proceed with legal action in this matter. That way, evidence can be brought from either side, and the people of South Africa will be afforded the truth in this matter.
If the President fails to do so, we can only assume the content of the story to be true – and that his ANC has sold this country to the Gupta family for profit.”
The DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said he will address the matter face to face with President Zuma when he appears in Parliament to answer oral questions this month.
Specifying that the Parliament is the institution to which the President must account to, the DA leader promised he will ensure South Africans are provided with answers to the allegations of wrongdoing.
Maimane upheld that Zuma’s Dubai Palace claims aren’t trivial. They go to the very nub of state capture by the notorious Gupta family. The allegations are serious, and cannot simply be dismissed via a press release, he contended.
According to him, Jacob Zuma’s presidency is always denying involvement in huge “controversial and potentially corrupt matters”. And, it has always emerged “later that the President had in fact been intimately involved.”
“This occurred in the Nkandla scandal, where Zuma denied any knowledge or involvement from the very beginning,” Maimane remarked.
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With that, he charged that the “full-scale capture” of South Africa by the Guptas must be stopped with immediate effect.
“We cannot allow the President to sell our country to the highest bidder. The DA will continue to use all avenues necessary – including Parliament and the justice system – to stop this rot,” Maimane vowed.