Intelligence officials believe Gaddafi millions moved by Zuma to Eswatini - ST

According to the Sunday Times, $30 million, or R442 million, belonging to the late Libyan Muammar Gaddafi was moved to Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, earlier this year from former president Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence where it had allegedly been hidden.

Read: Presidency denies allegations that Zuma received money from Gaddafi

Political journalist at the Sunday Times Qaanitah Hunter speaks to Bongani Bingwa on #702Breakfast about the expose.

Hunter says the bizarre nature of the story may seem hard to believe but "it is no laughing matter."

It has been elevated to a head of state situation where King Mswati III and President Cyril Ramaphosa were discussing this matter as early as last week.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

She explains that the focus is less on Gaddafi's actions and more on speculation that Zuma intended to use the money for his own legal fees after the state refused to cover that bill.

She adds that this matter has sparked the interest of the Americans as it violates many financial laws.

This matter reads like a novel, but it is a direct violation of so many laws.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

She says intelligence officials believe that this money is part of the Gaddafi loot.

We say in our story that it has been moved over five weeks. Obviously, this amount of money is not something that would be done easily as it is a lot of money.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

Sunday Times believes Zuma travelled to Eswatini numerous times.

He was there as early as two weeks ago. He was also there when Ramaphosa met with King Mswati III on 3 March.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

She says despite King Mswati earlier denying any knowledge of the money, the Sunday Times has been told he admitted to Ramaphosa that the money was in the country.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has refuted Hunter's claims.

We can say definitively that intelligence officials believe that this money has been moved by the former president across the Eswatini border and it is now sitting in the hands of that nation's Central Bank.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

That money was given to former president Jacob Zuma in 2011 when he travelled to Tripoli and had a meeting with Gaddafi in his Bab al-Azizia compound not long before he passed on.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

We know that Zuma was the last head of state that tried to convince Gaddafi to relinquish power.

Qaanitah Hunter, Political journalist - The Sunday Times

Gaddafi's son now says he wants his father's money, reports Hunter.

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