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South Africa's ex-president appears at corruption inquest


Added 07-15-19 05:22:02am EST - “Former South African president Jacob Zuma is appearing Monday before a state commission probing allegations of corruption in during his tenure as the country's leader.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Africa’s ex-president appears at corruption inquest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is appearing Monday before a state commission probing allegations of corruption in during his tenure as the country’s leader.

Zuma, South Africa’s president from 2009 until 2018, was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress party over widespread reports of corruption and was replaced by his then deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa created the Zondo Commission to investigate graft charges and the inquest is a significant part of his drive to clean-up corruption, his main campaign pledge in the May elections where his party gained a 57% majority, its weakest since the end of apartheid 25 years ago.

The commission is probing widespread allegations, including that members of a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, influenced Zuma’s appointment of cabinet ministers and subsequently swayed the awarding of lucrative state contracts.

In this phenomenon, popularly known here at ‘state capture,’ Gupta family businesses allegedly took control of a large number of government departments and state-owned enterprises including the struggling power utility, Eskom.

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