Zuma’s son testifies at anti-corruption inquiry

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The son of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma is testifying at a judge led inquiry into government corruption.

In a blue suit and light blue shirt, a calm and composed Duduzane Zuma was sworn in, promising to cooperate with the commission.

The 35 year old businessman is alleged to have been part of attempts to bribe a former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, to accept a promotion to the post of finance minisiter.

Mr Jonas last year told the inquiry that the controversial Gupta brothers offered him 600m South African rand $39m, £32m at a meeting arranged by Duduzane Zuma whose father, Jacob Zuma, was president at the time.

Duduzane Zuma was a business partner of the Gupta family.

The Guptas are accused of exerting undue influence over Mr Zuma and using that influence to gain access to government contracts worth millions of dollars.

The wide-scale corruption, referred to as “state capture”, is alleged to have happened during Mr Zuma’s presidency, crippling a number of the country’s state-owned businesses.

 

Dominica Nwabufo