SA President Jacob Zuma

The office of beleaguered President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied the Russian President Vladimir Putin was on his way to South Africa.

In a terse statement issued by Dr. Bongani Ngqulunga, the Presidency said: "A fake media statement is circulating on social media purporting to be from The Presidency, claiming a State Visit to South Africa by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation from 8 to 11 February 2018.

"There is no state visit by President Putin to South Africa this week. The Presidency has issued no such statement. The circulating statement is fake and is a fabrication."'

- African News Agency (ANA)