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First lady denies knowing of plot to poison Zuma

Attorneys representing Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma denied she was part of any plot to poison Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli stand for the national anthem and the 21 gun salute. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - First lady Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has denied newspaper reports that she allegedly crumbled and confessed to having knowledge of a plot to poison her husband and president of the country Jacob Zuma.

The City Press is today reporting that plans are afoot to lay charges of conspiracy to commit murder against Ntuli-Zuma.

The allegations surfaced following newspaper reports that the president had been poisoned and his wives were suspected of being behind it.

Attorneys representing the first lady have issued a letter denying that she was part of any plot to poison the president or that she was aware of it.

Ntuli-Zuma says in the letter that no attempt was made by the newspaper to verify if the allegations were indeed made against her.

She also says the newspaper did not afford her the opportunity to respond to the claims.

Ntuli-Zuma says she is now considering suing the newspaper.

It's understood a docket has been opened with the National Prosecuting Authority with sources saying Ntuli-Zuma has made a statement to investigators.

The presidency has not yet been available to comment.