President Zuma’s second wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma is still a suspect in the Zuma poison plot case, according to the NPA chief, Shaun Abrahams.
This was confirmed by her lawyer, Ulrich Roux, on Sunday. He complained about his client, the first lady still being a suspect in the case as part of “some kind of agenda”.
“We have been trying to determine what has been going on for the last 18 months. It’s just a blank hole,” Roux said.
In 2014, the media was awash with stories that implied the President’s second wife had poisoned him when he fell ill in June of the same year.
The investigation was opened in 2015, to which Lady Ntuli complied with the police’s request to answer some questions. She sent her feedback to the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks in June 2015 to which she received no feedback.
Lawyer Roux added that two months ago he sent a direct request to Abrahams asking for updates on the investigation as well as Lady Ntuli’s status in the matter.
A reply to Roux’s request showed that Lady Ntuli was still considered a suspect, 18 months after.
“I have been advised that your client has been identified as one of the suspects in the above matter,” Abrahams said in a letter dated October 17, 2016.
Roux subsequently replied the letter two days later requesting more information on the status of the investigation, as well as charges levied against his client, Lady Ntuli-Zuma. However, Roux told News24 that he is yet to receive a letter from the NPA.
“I have, to date, not received any further correspondence from him,” Roux told News24 on Sunday.
“If there are allegations to answer, why not bring her to court and test [them] in court?” he said.
Roux, who stated that his client’s priority is to have her name cleared, expressed his disapproval of the NPA’s delay, saying it is unusual and further implying that it is part of an agenda as previously stated.