'I’m not cor­rupt and I don’t loot' – Dlamini-Zuma

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CAPE TOWN – ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thurs­day evening re­jected pub­lic spec­u­la­tion that she was cor­rupt, say­ing that she never ac­cepted any money from cig­a­rette smug­glers.

Her com­ments fol­low a Sun­day Times re­port, which al­leged that her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign re­ceived a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from self­con­fessed tobacco smug­gler, Adri­ano Maz­zotti.

In a se­ries of tweets, the for­mer African Union (AU) chair­per­son said she has never been in­volved in cor­rup­tion.

"Peo­ple can ac­cuse me of many things, but not cor­rup­tion. I’m not cor­rupt and I don’t loot," Dlamini Zuma tweeted. Asked by Ben Pooler (@ben­pooler) whether she had ac­cepted money from cig­a­rette smug­glers, Dlamini-Zuma re­sponded with a sim­ple "no". Her spokesper­son Vukani Mthintso told News24 that Dlamini-Zuma has no "sub­stan­tive re­la­tions" with Maz­zotti.

"She has never ap­proached him for any as­sis­tance, nor has he ap­proached her and of­fered as­sis­tance with her cam­paign," Mthintso said.Asked how pho­tos of DlaminiZuma and Maz­zotti sur­faced on­line, Mthintso said: "Thou­sands of peo­ple post pho­tos taken with her and she is no po­si­tion to re­spond as to why each in­di­vid­ual posts such pho­tos.In the se­ries of tweets, DlaminiZuma also said she be­lieves that land re­form should take place "legally". "[It should] not cre­ate an­other cri­sis. It must ben­e­fit the land­less ma­jor­ity," she said.

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