Times Media journalist Stephan Hofstatter says the Sunday Times can defend reports of a R330 million mansion allegedly bought for President Jacob Zuma, if taken to court.
The paper reported on Sunday that the Gupta brothers bought a 10 bedroom mansion in Dubai, a property that the President calls his second home.
It says this was contained in a letter outlining Zuma’s plans to relocate.
It also said Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe had once owned property in the same luxury estate.
The presidency has since denied this saying Zuma does not 'own' any property outside South Africa and has not requested anybody to buy property for him abroad.
Hofstatter says the nowhere in the article does it say Zuma bought the property.
Nowhere in the article does it say he owned the property, we say the property was bought for him according to correspondents, secondly he says he never asked anyone to buy him property, really that is neither here nor there.— Stephan Hofstatter, investigative journalist for Times Media
Thirdly, he is saying that he hasn't seen any of the correspondence.. if he is saying he hasn't seen this and is implying that it is fabricated then the letter is there, it was circulated via the emails that were leaked to the Sunday Times and he should start instituting legal action against the people who he clearly he must be alleging have fabricated these letters and sue them for fraud.— Stephan Hofstatter, investigative journalist for Times Media
Last week amaBhungane and Daily Maverick revealed an exposé shows the same 10-bedroom mansion in Dubai bought by the Guptas in 2015 is the same property that the president allegedly referred to in a “relocation letter” sent to officials in the UAE.
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