Angola's Dos Santos says she is 'ready to fight' against 'untrue' graft claims

Isabel dos Santos (Picture: AFP)
Isabel dos Santos (Picture: AFP)

Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos on Thursday dismissed graft allegations against her and vowed "to fight through the international courts to defend my good name".

The British-educated tycoon and eldest daughter of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been charged in Angola with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol.

"The allegations which have been made against me over the last few days are extremely misleading and untrue," she said in a statement issued through a public relations firm in London.

"This is a very concentrated, orchestrated and well-coordinated political attack, ahead of elections in Angola next year.

"It is an attempt to neutralise me and to discredit the legacy of President dos Santos and his family," dos Santos said.

"No-one should be taken in by these diversionary tactics."

Documents leaked this week by the New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) alleged she plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion.

But in her statement on Thursday, dos Santos said the "stolen" documents had been leaked "selectively to give a false impression of my business activities".

She added: "I am ready to fight through the international courts to defend my good name.

"I have engaged lawyers to take action against inaccurate and defamatory reports.

"We deny all the latest allegations being made by Angolan authorities."

A spokesperson at the PR firm representing dos Santos said he did not know her current location, but that she had been in Britain this week

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
47% - 7561 votes
It's four more years for Trump
53% - 8693 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.19
(-0.10)
ZAR/GBP
21.11
(-0.12)
ZAR/EUR
19.19
(-0.12)
ZAR/AUD
11.55
(-0.13)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.14)
Gold
1901.55
(+0.01)
Silver
24.57
(+0.10)
Platinum
902.03
(+0.40)
Brent Crude
41.85
(-1.66)
Palladium
2378.04
(+0.61)
All Share
55339.58
(+0.99)
Top 40
50692.28
(+0.83)
Financial 15
10790.70
(+3.99)
Industrial 25
74905.70
(+1.05)
Resource 10
52561.57
(-0.49)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo