MET: Zuma and Putin
President Jacob Zuma has declared receiving gifts from numerous individuals and heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

This was revealed by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday.

“It’s clear a lot of issues are hiding,” Maimane told journalists at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Maimane was at the Union Buildings to view and analyse Zuma’s declaration of interests since he took office in 2009.

“That public record doesn’t give amounts for why something is given to the president. The Black Management Forum by Jimmy Manyi gave the president a watch. It’s simply said he got a silver watch. Was it a silver Breitling, or was it a silver Casio? It is material to a declaration - if you get given a R100 000 watch it’s different from saying just a silver watch,” said Maimane.

He said Mugabe gave Zuma a number of gifts, including Nguni cattle and art.

He also received books and four bottles of Merlot wine from Putin in 2016, a gold watch from the UAE government in 2011; and two Parker pens from suspended Crime Intelligence Head, Richard Mdluli.

The DA said Maimane’s trip comes after Zuma failed to answer an urgent question last week in the National Assembly “as to whether he received any payments from his friend and tender mogul, Roy Moodley, or his company, Royal Security, at any time since he became president in May 2009”.

Zuma has vowed that he has declared anything he has received since he became president.

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