Zuma’s wife planning legal action over poison claims


The estranged second wife of President Jacob Zuma has reportedly threatened to take legal action amid weekend media reports involving her in a plot to poison her husband.

On Sunday, CityPress reported that Nompumelelo ­Ntuli-Zuma, who has been living in Durban since January after being kicked-out of the President’s home in Nkandla for fighting with his other wives, was facing a charge of conspiracy to commit murder following the President being taken ill in June last year.

He was subsequently admitted to a hospital in Russia two months later and diagnosed as having been poisoned with inside sources blaming ­Ntuli-Zuma, who also cheated on him with one of her bodyguards six years ago.

In a statement, Zuma’s lawyer, Ulrich Roux, said she had dismissed ever being involved or knowing about an attempt to poison the President.

“Our client has not 'crumbled and confessed' to having any knowledge of any plot to poison her husband,” Roux said through is firm, BDK Attorneys.

The paper has however maintained that Zuma confessed to the plot following an internal investigation, while certain legal sources have claimed that a docket has been opened by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regarding the matter.

“She is going to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She hasn’t been charged because we haven’t been able to nab the man [or] people who are behind the plot,” a source told the paper.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku has however denied that Zuma is being investigated while Roux, in reacting to the claims, said they are considering legal action.


CAPTION: President Jacob Zuma with his wife Nompumelelo ­Ntuli-Zuma at the Pittsburgh Summit in 2009 with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle IMAGE sourced from foreignpolicyblogs.com