S.Africa president cancels UK visit, reportedly over snub

Jacob Zuma, pictured at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014, has cancelled at the last minute a visit to London set for MondaySouth African President Jacob Zuma has cancelled at the last minute a visit to London set for Monday, with one newspaper claiming he was throwing a “tantrum” because Prime Minister David Cameron was snubbing him. Zuma’s office denied Sunday that any pique lay behind the unexpected cancellation of a visit to attend an investment conference, calling the report by the City Press newspaper “incorrect and mischievous”. South Africa is the lead sponsor of the conference, through its state-funded marketing agency Brand South Africa. The City Press daily claimed that Zuma pulled out “after Britain refused to grant him an official audience with Prime Minister David Cameron,” and fobbed him off instead with a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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