5 Things Mr President Told Cabinet
Zuma Dubai Home: South African heads of states Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma are not owners of luxury estates in Dubai, they are reportedly neighbors.
The so-called Zuma’s ‘retirement’ Palace worths $25million (330 million rands) and is situated in an upmarket suburb of Dubai.
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It is located in the luxurious Emirates Hill suburb and has 13 bathrooms, 10 bedrooms, 9 reception rooms, space for 11 cars and a large pool surrounded by palm trees. Emirates Hill suburb has been billed the city’s ‘most expensive postal code’.
The Gupta family – wealthy Indian-born businessmen whose companies deals with state-owned firms – reportedly bought the apartment for Zuma in 2015.
Details about Zuma’s plans came to light a few weeks ago when over 100,000 leaked documents and e-mails from the Guptas made the rounds in virtual all the media houses in the country.
However, President Jacob Zuma has denied owning a house in Dubai and planning to spend his retirement days in the said luxury estate in the wealthy Gulf state.
On Thursday, June 8, the embattled president told cabinet members that the allegation that was published by a Sunday newspaper that he owns a house in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a fabrication.
“President Zuma does not own any property outside South Africa. The reports about a ‘palace’ in Dubai was a fabrication,” he said.
Although Zuma has continued to deny the report, evidence from the leaked emails showed that he sent a letter to Abu Dhabi royal family, informing him of his intention to make Dubai his ‘second’ home.
“I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home. It will be a great honor for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE.”
The Guptas drafted the letter on Zuma’s behalf in January 2016 and passed on to his son, Duduzane Zuma, who is a shareholder in numerous Gupta companies.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo delivered cabinet’s statement, calling on people with reliable information about malpractice by government officials and ministers to kindly meet law enforcement agencies.
The cabinet also urged implicated officials to co-operate with the law-enforcement agencies on the matter.
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Yesterday, the leader of South Africa’s left-wing party (EFF), Julius Malema disclosed that the leaked emails are very authentic. The respected watchdog also affirmed that Zuma had visited his Dubai home in 2015 when he travelled with R6 billion in a suitcase.
He promised to get proof that Zuma has been to the Dubai home.
“The good thing about Dubai is that there are cameras on every street. We are now working on trying to get a camera on the street of the house on that day Zuma went to visit to prove that Zuma visited and is well aware of that house,” he said.
- Zuma said does not own any property outside South Africa.
- He emphasized that he did not request anybody to buy property for him abroad, as alleged in the viral documents.
- He also denied coming across any of the leaked Gupta documents and emails, saying he has no knowledge of them.
- The president rather urged South Africans to be vigilant of fake news, in particular, the increase in false reports on social media.
- Zuma said his son Duduzane did not show him the so-called letter written to Abu Dhabi royal family, calling it ‘shocking in the extreme.’
Recently, evidence of wrongdoing has continued to ruin Zuma’s presidency, renewing outrageous tension and criticism against his administration. But his allies [majority of which are his party members] say he will remain in office until his term ends in 2019.