Former president Jacob Zuma’s back-and-forth trips to Eswatini, the underground vault at his Nkandla home and late Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi are dominating news headlines and have been thrust to the top of Twitter’s trends lists.
A Sunday Times report claimed that Zuma hid stacks of cash amounting to R422m in an underground vault at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
Sources who spoke to Sunday Times claimed that the cash had been at Nkandla since 2011, before it was moved to Eswatini earlier this year.
Gadaffi allegedly entrusted the cash to Zuma to pass on to his family should he be killed – or to use to get him legal representatives.
The newspaper claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa met with King Mswati on several occasions in an effort to recover the cash.
King Mswati initially denied any knowledge of the cash, but eventually admitted that it exists during a meeting at OR Tambo airport on Thursday last week.
People took to Twitter in their droves – some to question how Zuma has still not been arrested, others to simply express their shock at the news.
#Nkandla is a crime scene.
By now a search warrant should have been issued and what’s left in the bunker (I am sure hundreds more millions is there) should be confiscated but when you live in a #GangsterState I am not holding my breath. pic.twitter.com/bCoYmDHdyU
— Ricardo Mackenzie (@ricardomackenzi) April 7, 2019
We live in such a surreal country that I have for the second time this week almost mistaken a REAL news story for satire! #Nkandla
— Roné McFarlane (@Rownsterr) April 7, 2019
It's quite amazing how all these socialist leaders always have millions that they are able to smuggle around the world. I wonder why they have to have so much money if they don't believe in capitalism. Gaddafi, Zuma, Ramaphosa… all the same champagne socialists. #Nkandla
— Renaldo Gouws 🇿🇦 (@RenaldoGouws) April 7, 2019
How is Jacob not in prison!!! #Nkandla
— Jason Snyman (@mrjs134) April 7, 2019
I smell a war zone in south Africa the CIA are probably on their way now.
Let me start packing pic.twitter.com/nEmS3QP2PS
— Xolani Mzamo (@Engine_X_Yuri) April 7, 2019
This whole Gaddafi and Zuma thing with #Nkandla was just to homies looking out for each other in the hustle. We all have that homie in our own lives. 😂
— Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (@SoCalledMary) April 7, 2019