Zuma says re­moval move un­fair as Gupta fam­ily mem­ber held

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NOOSE TIGHT­ENS Po­lice ex­pected to ar­rest up to seven more peo­ple that would in­clude more from Gupta fam­ily

South Africa’s ANC un­veiled plans on Wed­nes­day to sack Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma via a par­lia­men­tary no-con­fi­dence vote, hours af­ter armed po­lice raided the lux­ury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In his first re­sponse to an avalanche of pres­sure from the African Na­tional Congress (ANC) for him to quit, Zuma - who has been dogged by scan­dal through­out his po­lit­i­cal life - pro­claimed his in­no­cence and said he was be­ing “vic­timised” by Nel­son Man­dela’s for­mer lib­er­a­tion move­ment. “There’s noth­ing I’ve done wrong,” a re­laxed but in­dig­nant Zuma said dur­ing a nearly hour­long in­ter­view with the SABC, South Africa’s state broad­caster. “I don’t think it’s fair. I think it’s un­fair.”

When asked point-blank if would step aside, he avoided the ques­tion and con­tin­ued to al­lege a lack of prin­ci­ple in moves by the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to oust him.

He did not com­ment on the po­lice raids, which marked a dra­matic tight­en­ing of the net around the 75-year-old and the po­lit­i­cal fac­tion around him ac­cused of milk­ing state re­sources for their own ends.

Even if he re­fuses to quit, with the ANC back­ing an op­po­si­tion­led no-con­fi­dence mo­tion on Thurs­day, Zuma ap­pears to have run out of road af­ter nine years in of­fice marked by po­lit­i­cal tu­mult and eco­nomic stag­na­tion.

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu said Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, whose elec­tion as head of the ANC in De­cem­ber marked the be­gin­ning of the end of Zuma’s ten­ure, could be sworn in as head of state as early as Fri­day. “Af­ter we have voted for the re­moval of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic to­mor­row - and de­pend­ing on the avail­abil­ity of the Chief Jus­tice - we will also elect a new pres­i­dent,” Mthembu told a news con­fer­ence in Cape Town.

The rand, which has gained ground when­ever Zuma has hit po­lit­i­cal tur­bu­lence, soared more than one per­cent to a 2-1/2 year high of 11.79 against the dol­lar.

The speed of Zuma’s demise af­ter two weeks of dither­ing by the ANC has stunned South Africa. The early morn­ing raid, which the po­lice’s elite Hawks unit said re­sulted in three ar­rests, took place amid re­ports Zuma was pre­par­ing to tell the coun­try he was step­ping down

The SABC, South Africa’s state broad­caster, said a Gupta fam­ily mem­ber was among those de­tained. A se­nior ju­di­cial source said po­lice ex­pected to ar­rest up to seven more peo­ple and that Gupta fam­ily mem­bers would be among them.

JO­HAN­NES­BURG:

Atul Gupta Ajay Gupta Ra­jesh Gupta Atul Gupta moved to Jo­han­nes­burg from Sa­ha­ran­pur, Ut­tar Pradesh, in 1993, set­ting up Sa­hara Com­put­ers. His brothers Ajay and

Ra­jesh "Tony" soon fol­lowed him there

The brothers soon di­ver­si­fied into min­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and the me­dia

They are on no rich list but are ex­tremely wealthy — Sa­hara Com­put­ers has an an­nual turnover of 200 mil­lion rand ($22 mil­lion)

In 2013, the Gup­tas trig­gered a po­lit­i­cal storm af­ter a fam­ily plane car­ry­ing 200 wed­ding guests landed at the Waterk­loof Air Base, Pre­to­ria, which is usu­ally re­served for vis­it­ing heads of state and di­plo­matic del­e­ga­tions. From there, they were given a po­lice es­cort to the Sun City hol­i­day re­sort

Atul Gupta said BONGI NGEMA-ZUMA one of Zuma's wives, worked for Gup­ta­con­trolled mines DUDUZILE ZUMA his daugh­ter, was a di­rec­tor at Sa­hara Com­put­ers DUDUZANE ZUMA his son, was a di­rec­tor of some Gupta-owned com­pa­nies with The Gup­tas have had all their ac­counts a num­ber of banks closed due to al­leged du­bi­ous busi­ness deal­ings. would The fam­ily has an­nounced that they

African "exit our share­hold­ing of the South our busi­nesses which we be­lieve will ben­e­fit ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees" fam­ily This has led to spec­u­la­tion that the may re­lo­cate to an­other coun­try

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Stormy Daniels

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