South African corruption inquiry puts new pressure on Zuma, Guptas


In this file photo taken on July 27, 2018 former South African president Jacob Zuma stands in the dock of the High Court of Pietermaritzburg during his hearing over 16 corruption charges.

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After weeks of testimony about bribery and corruption, a South African inquiry is intensifying its pressure on former president Jacob Zuma and the wealthy businessmen who allegedly exploited his influence.

The inquiry, headed by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo of the country’s highest court, ruled on Thursday that Mr. Zuma should be asked to respond to the growing evidence against him, despite his claim that he hasn’t been implicated in the testimony.

Justice Zondo also rejected a bold attempt by the Gupta brothers – the wealthy businessmen at the heart of South…

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