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Zuma gives in to corruption probe demands

SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma has finally given the go-ahead to a probe into high-level corruption, after resisting calls for an investigation into “state capture” for more than a year.

Mr Zuma’s decision on Tuesday followed a December 14 High Court order to set up a commission of inquiry within 30 days.

South Africa’s ombudsman had called on Mr Zuma in November 2016 to set up the investigation, amid claims that the billionaire Gupta family had undue influence over his government, including having a say on ministerial appointments.

In his announcement, Mr Zuma insisted that it would not just probe the corruption claims involving the Guptas.

The South African Communist Party said the inquiry was “long overdue,” noting that, without public pressure, Mr Zuma would have tried to put off the probe for even longer.

The party added that it was “inappropriate for the president to decide the terms of reference for an investigation on allegations he is implicated.”


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