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ANC denies Zuma bribery allegations

The Sunday Times says Zuma accepted a R500,000 a year bribe from a ‘fixer’ for an arms company.

FILE: In 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped corruption charges against Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says reports that President Jacob Zuma was bribed by a French arms manufacturer, Thales, for political protection are part of a campaign to discredit him.

The Sunday Times says Zuma accepted a R500,000 a year bribe from a 'fixer' for the French arms company by using the code words "Eiffel Tower".

In 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped corruption charges against Zuma in relation to the arms deal, citing a political conspiracy against him.

The ANC is adamant there isn't any proof to support the allegations.

The party's Zizi Kodwa says the report is nothing but lies.

"The Sunday Times has before, many years ago handled the lies in public, and as a result of that story, the president established the Seriti Commission."

The ANC says if there is any proof of the allegations, documents proving the allegations would have been given to the commission which deals with the investigations into the arms deal.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it wants the Seriti Commission of Inquiry to subpoena the man who was allegedly used to bribe President Jacob Zuma.

The DA's David Maynier believes Sooklal will be able to shed more light on the corruption case.

"I will write to Judge Willie Seriti requesting him to subpoena Mr Ajay Sooklal to give evidence before the arms procurement commission."

FLIGHTS & FANCY CLOTHES

The newspaper is reporting that a fixer of arms manufacturer Thales, Ajay Sooklal, organised flights and fancy clothes for the president while he was under investigation for the arms deal.

Thales's South African subsidiary won a R2.6 billion contract in 1997, to fit four new navy frigates with combat suits.

The paper says documents show a 1 million euro cheque was also apparently secured for the ANC.

This was obtained in testimony given under oath at confidential arbitration hearings in a fee dispute between Sooklal and Thales.