South Africa: S.Africa’s Zuma Asks That Gupta Probe Be Left to New Graft Ombud

Author(s): Amogelang Mbatha | Date: October 6, 2016 | Language: English
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South African President Jacob Zuma asked that the probe into the alleged improper involvement of the Gupta family in government affairs be defered to the incoming graft ombudsman, whose appointment he officially confirmed Thursday.
Zuma lawyers argued the president had not had enough time to prepare answers with legal advice, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office said in an e-mailed statement Thursday after she met with him.
The probe relates to the dismissal and appointment of cabinet ministers and board members and directors of state-owned companies and possibly corrupt influence in the awarding of state contracts and licenses to companies linked to the family, according to the statement.

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