Presidency denies reports of Zuma’s 'no-show' at Davos panel discussion
The Presidency says reports of Zuma being a no-show for the Africa Next Challenge debate are incorrect.
A number of media houses reported that forum organisers had informed them that Zuma cancelled at the last minute, leaving the Africa Next Challenge debate without a South African representative.
But according to Zuma's office, panel organisers were informed last week that the president could not attend the event due to schedule clashes.
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The Presidency says reports suggesting Zuma was a 'no-show' are simply incorrect.
A statement goes on to say that the organisers were also informed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was suggested as a replacement.
But according to the forum, a head of state can only be replaced by another head of state.
The message, however, makes no mention of where President Zuma was during the debate.
It's understood Zuma was visiting the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, during the time of the debate.
A request by Eyewitness News for an interview with Zuma's office was declined.
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