March 15, 2010 / 5:20 PM / 10 years ago

Berlusconi gives Zuma pyjamas and bedsheets

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma takes his seat for a banquet at the Guildhall in London March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has given Jacob Zuma a gift of blue pyjamas and bedsheets, according to an official list of the presents received by the South African president.

The entry in Zuma’s long-awaited “declaration of interests,” reported Monday by the SAPA news agency, was likely to raise eyebrows since both men have recently been the subject of sex scandals.

Berlusconi’s presents, given at a G8 summit last year, included pyjamas, two bathrobes, two sets of bedsheets, two jackets, two pairs of sunglasses and leather bags.

SAPA news agency also said one of Zuma’s three wives had received a foot spa from former British first lady Cherie Blair, and another had got a tea set and lamp shade from U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

Reporting by Gordon Bell; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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