South Africa’s Zuma denies affair

JOHANNESBURG South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday denied rumors of an affair with the chairwoman of state-owned airline amid speculation the connection had led to the sacking of the finance minister.

Zuma dismissed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday. The minister had earlier rebuked Dudu Myeni, chairwoman of state-owned South African Airways and a close ally of Zuma, for mismanaging a 1 billion rand ($ 62.98 million)deal with Airbus.

Myeni is also executive chairwoman of Zuma’s charitable trust, the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

“Her connection with the President is purely specialist, and is primarily based on the running of the Foundation,” the Presidency mentioned in statement. “Rumors about a romance and a youngster are baseless and are created to cast aspersions on the President.”

(Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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