- Nompumelelo Ntuli has opened up about the struggles that she has faced as Jacob Zuma's wife
- Following allegations that she had attempted to poison the former president, Ntuli was cast out of the Nkandla stronghold
- The politician's fourth wife has exposed her hardships in the debacle, which has since been cast aside
Nompumelelo Ntuli says that she will be suing the National Prosecuting Authority after being accused of attempting to poison Jacob Zuma.
Briefly.co.za reported that the case against MaNtuli had been cast aside after a lack of evidence made it impossible to go forward.
Both the NPA and the Hawks will now be taken on for 'malicious prosecution' over the scandal, which saw her banished from Zuma's Nkandla homestead in 2015.
IOL reports that Ntuli had opened up about the struggles as a result of the allegations.
Ntuli, along with her three children, had left the stronghold to move into an apartment in Durban:
“I thought my husband knew me. It was a shock. I was subjected to machines (a lie-detector test). It has been five years of hell. We were moved to a one-bedroom guest house in Greytown to accommodate the children’s schooling.”
Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Ntuli explained what life at this point had been like for the banished ex-First Lady:
“My kids and I would sleep together on a double bed in this tiny room and house. We were cramped. I asked to return to Nkandla but (former state security minister David) Mahlobo’s official said I’m no longer allowed there. I felt abused and betrayed all these years.”
Zuma, according to Ulrich Roux, Ntuli's lawyer, had only seen his children with her twice in three years, commenting that:
“He’s not even interested in the children. She will retain primary custody of the children. I don’t have any instructions to bring in any application for full guardianship from my client."
In response to the situation, Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Vukile Mathabela declined to comment on what he dubbed a 'family issue':
“I cannot comment on family issues; uBaba is going to court tomorrow and is busy in several meetings to prepare for that.”
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