PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma yes­ter­day re­peated his claim that he had been poi­soned.

Speak­ing on ANN7’s Straight Talk pro­gramme, Zuma, who de­clined to go into de­tails on his claims, said strong poi­son was used in an at­tempt to si­lence him. “I was poi­soned but I won’t go into de­tails ... some peo­ple wanted to see me dead,” he said.

His state­ment fell a bit short com­pared to the one he made in Pon­golo, north­ern KwaZulu­Natal, dur­ing an ANC cadre fo­rum.

At that event Zuma claimed that he was be­ing tar­geted for his rad­i­cal eco­nomic pro­grammes seek­ing to re­dis­tribute the coun­try’s wealth. Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to be part of the Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa (Brics) busi­ness com­mu­nity was an­oth­ er he was tar­geted for, he said.

How­ever, later dur­ing the in­ter­view Zuma stated that rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion was not his own pro­gramme but rather that of the ANC as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Rus­sian doc­tors as well as that coun­try’s spies are al­leged to have made Zuma aware of the fact that he had been poi­soned.

The Hawks have also in­tero­gated Zuma’s sec­ond wife, Nom­pumelo Ntuli, whom it had been al­leged, used to poi­son Zuma. Ntuli has since been kicked out of Zuma’s Nkandla home­stead.

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