MaN­tuli re­mains sus­pect in Zuma poi­son plot

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — NPA head Shaun Abra­hams this week con­firmed that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s sec­ond wife, Nom­pumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, re­mains a sus­pect in a case in­volv­ing an al­leged plot to poi­son her hus­band, her lawyer said yes­ter­day.

Lash­ing out at the 18-month de­lay since the at­tempted mur­der case was opened, Ntuli-Zuma’s lawyer Ul­rich Roux, said that this week’s con­fir­ma­tion that Ntuli-Zuma, nev­er­the­less re­mained a sus­pect “smacks of some kind of agenda”.

“We have been try­ing to de­ter­mine what has been go­ing on for the last 18 months. It’s just a blank hole.”

Roux said that after a docket in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of at­tempted mur­der was opened by Nkandla po­lice in April 2015, Ntuli-Zuma com­plied with a re­quest to an­swer cer­tain ques­tions. She sent her re­sponse to the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks in June last year.

After re­ceiv­ing no fur­ther feed­back, Roux said that, in Septem­ber this year, he sent a re­quest di­rectly to Abra­hams ask­ing him to pro­vide an up­date on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as well as in­di­cate the sta­tus of Ntuli-Zuma in the mat­ter.

A let­ter from Abra­hams, dated Oc­to­ber 17 this year con­firms, “I have been ad­vised that your client has been iden­ti­fied as one of the sus­pects in the above mat­ter”.

Roux sub­se­quently sent a let­ter to Abra­hams on Oc­to­ber 19, re­quest­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing “what charges [have] been pre­ferred” against Ntuli-Zuma, who the “so-called co-ac­cused” were, as well whether the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter had been com­pleted. “I have to date not re­ceived any fur­ther cor­re­spon­dence from him,”Roux said yes­ter­day.

“If there are al­le­ga­tions to an­swer, why not bring her to court and test [them] in court?,” he said.

The de­lay was “com­pletely ir­reg­u­lar,” said Roux. “It is un­prece­dented and un­heard of . . . The NPA are drag­ging their feet.”

On the fourth of Jan­uary 2015, Ntuli-Zuma was ap­par­ently asked by State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo to leave the Nkandla homestead “un­der the guise that she was be­ing im­pli­cated in a sen­si­tive mat­ter that was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” said Roux.

Me­dia re­ports sub­se­quently emerged of a poi­son plot al­legedly in­volv­ing Ntuli-Zuma after Zuma fell ill in June 2014.

Dur­ing a trip to the US two months later he learnt he had been poi­soned.

In Au­gust last year, News24 re­ported that Ntuli-Zuma and var­i­ous ac­com­plices were on the radar of au­thor­i­ties/Ntuli-Zuma has con­sis­tently de­nied any knowl­edge of the plot.

Yes­ter­day, Roux said that Ntuli-Zuma’s main pri­or­ity re­mained to have her named cleared.

“She has been co-op­er­at­ing from day one … her rep­u­ta­tion has suf­fered ter­ri­bly,” he said. — AFP

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