Inquiry into South African state looting finally gets under way

South Africa kicked off a long-delayed judicial inquiry on Monday into the alleged systematic looting of the state under former president Jacob Zuma, the country’s biggest post-apartheid political scandal.

The two-year commission of inquiry will weigh evidence that the Gupta business family used a friendship with Mr Zuma to manipulate state decisions in their favour before the president was this year forced from office.

Dozens of witnesses are expected to testify before the inquiry, which has begun as the fight against graft under Cyril Ramaphosa, Mr Zuma’s successor, appears to be losing momentum.

Police investigations have so far failed to extradite the Guptas from Dubai, where they moved after Mr Ramaphosa won a power struggle against their alleged patron in the ruling African…

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