Pretoria – The Presidency has rejected a Mail & Guardian report today alleging that President Jacob Zuma secretly received money from the late Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi.
The Presidency made the statement in response to allegations by the Mail & Guardian newspaper on Friday that Zuma “was in Gaddafi’s pocket” and received funding from him.
The report said this information was conveyed to Hillary Clinton when she was US Secretary of State in 2011 by a close confidant, based on Western intelligence sources.
Private emails sent and received by Clinton were released as part of a convoluted legal and political fight, according to the report.
One email however, written by a top advisor to Clinton, painted Zuma in a negative light, saying he could not be trusted and was biased when it came to dealing with the rebels in the North African country, the report alleged.
. The high office also rebuffed claims that President Zuma “feared his administration could be toppled”.
“The Presidency refutes and rejects this malicious and irresponsible gossip and fabrication perpetuated by this newspaper,” the President’s office said on Friday. The Presidency has also submitted numerous emails to Mail&Guardian to give a response to the public statement made by the Presidency or face libel charges.
Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years, was killed in his hometown of Sirte in 2011 by insurgent group from his country.