Zuma Denies Receiving Kick-Backs
“I did not receive any payments from private individuals or companies during my tenure as president of the Republic of South Africa, other than those disclosed or reported to the necessary authorities.”
That's according to South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma. He said this while responding to questions asked by lawmakers on Thursday.
He is accused of being influenced by the wealthy Gupta family in making government appointments and awarding contracts by state-owned firms.
The Guptas and Zuma deny any wrongdoing and say they are victims of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
Zuma, 75, described the “State of Capture” report as “unfair” in parliament.
The report published in 2016 recommended a judicial investigation into allegations of systemic corruption by Zuma, some of his ministers and heads of state-owned companies.
The report focused on allegations that Zuma’s friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers.
Zuma and the Guptas have denied the accusations.
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