The publication sent the tweet and pictures to Presidency spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga on Friday morning‚ asking to verify its contents.
He replied on WhatsApp: “This appears to be an old picture. In any event‚ he did not visit Swaziland. That was two years or so ago‚ I think.”
According to The Presidency‚ Zuma visited Swaziland in June 2017 and in August the year before to attend an SADC summit.
In a more formal response‚ Ngqulunga said: “The rumours that President Zuma visited Swaziland yesterday‚ 8 February 2018‚ are not true. The President has not gone out of the country since the AU summit [in Ethiopia in January].”
By 9.15am on Friday the tweet had 127 retweets‚ 90 likes and 33 comments.