Zuma slams anti-graft team over leaked au­dio record­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has lodged a com­plaint with the of­fice of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor over a leaked au­dio record­ing of his meet­ing with the anti-graft watch­dog, his of­fice said.

Zuma’s dis­cus­sion with the for­mer Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, Thuli Madon­sela, dur­ing her in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of in­flu­ence-ped­dling was broad­cast on a pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel at the week­end. “The Pres­i­dency has sought clar­ity from the Of­fice of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor on the pol­icy of the in­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing the re­lease of au­dio record­ings of in­ter­views con­ducted dur­ing the course of in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Zuma’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

A tran­script of the four-hour in­ter­view was made pub­lic by the Pro­tec­tor’s of­fice last week when it re­leased a re­port call­ing for a judge to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of in­flu­ence ped­dling in Zuma’s gov­ern- ment. Zuma is due to face a no-con­fi­dence vote in par­lia­ment later this week over the 355-page re­port by the con­sti­tu­tion­ally man­dated watch­dog. It fo­cused on al­le­ga­tions that mem­bers of the Gupta fam­ily of busi­ness ty­coons in­flu­enced the ap­point­ment of min­is­ters. It called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Zuma, some of his cabi­net mem­bers and some state com­pa­nies had acted im­prop­erly.

/REUTERS

South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ar­rives for a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe in Harare, Zim­babwe, on Novem­ber 3

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