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“I do not own any property outside South Africa” – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma in parliament, Cape Town | Photo Credit: Twitter

President Jacob Zuma has once again re-iterate that he does not own any property outside South Africa.

Replying to a question posted to him by Congress of the People (COPE) MP Willy Madisha in parliament on whether the President has sought residency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for himself and/or his family.

President Zuma answered “I would like to re-iterate that I do not own any property outside South Africa. Further, I have not requested anybody to buy a property for me or on my behalf abroad.”

Answering the question, the President referred Honourable Madisha to statement issued by the Presidency responding to the allegations that were published in the Sunday Times newspaper article of 4 June 2017 alleging that he owns a palace in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The presidency on Sunday denied media reports that President Zuma “owns a palace” in Dubai.

“The story in the Sunday Times newspaper today, 4 June 2017, that President Jacob Zuma owns a ‘palace’ in Dubai is a fabrication,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement.

Mr President did not own any property outside South Africa and had not “requested anybody to buy property for him abroad”. Zuma had also not received or seen the reported emails and had no knowledge of them, Ngqulunga said.

The President has further confirmed that he has not sought any residency outside the country, either for himself or his immediate family.