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Zuma backs down on bid to block corruption report

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has abandoned his court bid to block the release of a report by former anti-corruption chief Thuli Madonsela.

She investigated allegations that he let the wealthy Gupta family wield undue influence in his government.

Mr Zuma’s lawyer informed the High Court in the capital, Pretoria, of the decision, but the reasons are unclear.

Opposition groups are holding rallies in South Africa’s major cities to protest against Mr Zuma’s rule.

The report is believed to contain damning allegations against Mr Zuma, reports the BBC’s Milton Nkosi from Pretoria.

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The Guptas were accused of trying to influence ministerial posts in exchange for business favours.

Both Mr Zuma and the Gupta family strongly denied the allegation.

Mr Zuma’s bid to block the report’s release was challenged by opposition parties, which are now demanding that he pays their legal costs.

Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, said his party would ask the court to order the report’s immediate release.

Mr Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption for more than a decade.

Opposition supporters have been rallying in Pretoria, shouting “Zuma must fall.”

Ms Madonsela’s investigation was triggered by allegations in March by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the Gupta family had made “a mockery of our hard-earned democracy” by offering him the finance minister’s post last year.

Mr Jonas said he rejected the offer; the Guptas accused him of political point-scoring.

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor also alleged that the family offered her the powerful public enterprise minister’s post in 2010 in exchange for business favours.

Ms Mentor alleged that Mr Zuma was in another part of the Guptas’ family home in Johannesburg when the offer was made. Mr Zuma’s office said at the time that he had no “recollection” of Ms Mentor, while the family strongly denied her allegation.


Source: BBC

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