Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Gaddafi’s missing millions: Eswatini wants proof of King Mswati III admittance

jacob zuma king mswati iii gaddafi's missing millionsKing Mswati III’s government has challenged the Sunday Times to come forth with proof of his admittance.

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The tale of Gaddafi’s missing millions just took another turn. On the same day that former president Jacob Zuma broke his silence on the scandal, Eswatini — on behalf of King Mswati III — also had a bone to pick with the South African media.

The Sunday Times, three days ago, published a spread on how Zuma had allegedly been harbouring $30-million, in cash, for Libya’s late dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.

Why Zuma and King Mswati III have been implicated

This large sum of cash, according to the publication, was given to Zuma for safekeeping, in case Gaddafi would need legal assistance in the United States. However, the ruler was murdered by NATO operatives in a 2011 raid.

According to unidentified sources that the publication supposedly spoke to, the large sum of cash was allegedly kept in Zuma’s Nkandla bunker, the same place he had prohibited former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, from entering during a search her office had conducted in the former president’s home.

The publication also alleged that Zuma had, at some point, moved the millions to Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), where its safekeeping was the alleged responsibility of King Mswati III.

it was further alleged that the king, after denying any knowledge of the missing millions, had confided in President Cyril Ramaphosa, on his visit on 4 March, that he, in fact, was in possession of the money.

Gaddafi’s missing millions: King Mswati III wants proof

This news sent a shockwave of interest all around the world, as political leaders pressured South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) to launch an urgent probe into this.

Meanwhile, both the former president and King Mswati III wanted answers from the publication about their alleged involvement in this scandal.

Zuma took to Twitter, accusing the publication of spreading false information about his ‘brother’ (Gaddafi).

The king of Eswatini, on the other hand, wanted proof of the communication he had allegedly had with the publication.

The Eswatini government spokesperson, Percy Simelane, challenged to publication to reveal evidence of this interaction before they can comment or act any further.

“It is that evidence that will make the story credible to us,” Simelane told the Times of Swaziland.

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