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Ndebele: Rumours I Met With Zuma Over Corruption Charges Are 'Mischievous'

Former transport minister has denied asking Zuma to intervene in his corruption case.

28/03/2017 11:21 SAST | Updated 28/03/2017 11:29 SAST
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South African Minister of Transport Sbu Ndebele (L) and South African President Jacob Zuma (R) shake hands after unveiling the Central terminal building on April 20, 2010 at O.R. Tambo international airport in Johannesburg. South Africa will host the 19th Football World Cup from June 11, to July 11, 2010. AFP PHOTO / PABALLO THEKISO (Photo credit should read PABALLO THEKISO/AFP/Getty Images)

Former transport minister Sbu Ndebele says reports that he met with president Jacob Zuma about his corruption charges are "mischievous". The former minister told Business Day that he would not comment on the rumours, and said he would rather have his case air in court.

On Sunday, City Press reported that senior sources believed Ndebele had asked President Jacob Zuma to intervene in his case, saying there had been political interference in his case.

Ndebele, who was also South Africa's ambassador to Australia, and his co-accused are alleged to have taken a R10million bribe to facilitate tender awards at the department of transport.

Ndebele is due to appear in court again on Thursday, but City Press' sources said the charges could be dropped before then.

But when approached by Business Day, Ndebele said he would appear in court on Thursday.

"I will be handling this matter on Thursday when I appear in court. If there is anything you would like to know, I would ask that you speak to my attorney," he reportedly said.

Ndebele's attorney, Linda Dube, told the paper: "The client did not instruct me that such a meeting (between Ndebele and Zuma) took place, so I take it that there was not such a meeting."