Calls for NPA to Investigate Zuma for Hiding Gaddafi Millions

Issued by Solly Malatsi – DA National Spokesperson

Newspaper reports in South Africa over the weekend claim that there is evidence that former President Jacob Zuma has been hiding millions of missing dollars -belonging to the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi – at his residence at Nkandla; and that he has now moved the money to the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Former South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at court ahead of his court appearance in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Reports state that Gaddafi’s money was hidden in Zuma’s homestead, before being moved to eSwatini earlier this year.

The DA said in a statement Sunday that it calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take the nation into his confidence and come clean about his involvement in the case of the missing millions.

“In addition, the President needs to aid in recovering these millions and to ensure that the National Prosecuting Authority holds Zuma accountable for his actions. According to the reports, President Ramaphosa seems to have intimate knowledge of the dodgy dealings by his predecessor,” said the DA in its statement.

The relevant authorities are certain that this fortune, amounting to an estimated R420 million, was being hidden in the Nkandla bunker – which former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was denied access to when she conducted an in loco inspection at the homestead.

It is completely unacceptable that Zuma remains free after aiding the late North African dictator and the NPA must act swiftly on these reports to ascertain their accuracy.

This missing money is of keen interest to several bodies, including the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and the United States Authorities. There are possible violations of sanctions associated with the money, as well as the contravention of foreign exchange controls, said the DA.

It’s alleged that Zuma wanted the money “because President Ramaphosa refused to pay for his legal fees”, said the DA.