President Jacob Zuma could pocket more than R1-million if he accepts a settlement offer by British newspaper The Guardian, writes Werner Swart in The Times.
The Times has learned that the newspaper, which published an allegedly defamatory column by author Simon Jenkins, under the headline ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGet used to a corrupt and chaotic South Africa. But donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t write it offÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, on March6, has offered Zuma about Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£100000 (R1.3-million) in compensation.
Zuma was said to be furious about Jenkins quoting in his column a friend as saying God is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œabout to give us a criminal and a rapist as presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
Jenkins went further by saying that Zuma, who had not then been elected president, was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œjust another African crony politician for whom power is not about government but personal enrichmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
The UK newspaper removed the article from its website after Zuma lodged a claim against it.
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