Cor­rup­tion watch­dog gets ex­tra funds to probe Zuma, Gupta scan­dal

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

South Africa’s anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog said on Thurs­day it will re­ceive ad­di­tional funds to in­ves­ti­gate whether Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma al­lowed the wealthy Gupta fam­ily to make gov­ern­ment ap­point­ments.

The prom­i­nent busi­ness fam­ily is ac­cused of be­ing be­hind Zuma’s abrupt sack­ing of for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene in De­cem­ber, a move that rat­tled in­vestor con­fi­dence and trig­gered calls for the pres­i­dent’s res­ig­na­tion.

The scan­dal sur­round­ing the Gupta fam­ily took a dra­matic turn ear­lier this year af­ter deputy fi­nance min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas said they had of­fered him his boss’s job.

Zuma has said that the Gup­tas are his friends, but de­nied do­ing any­thing im­proper. The Gup­tas have also de­nied mak­ing job of­fers to any­one in gov­ern­ment.

The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, the coun­try’s anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog, said it had re­quested an ex­tra 3 mil­lion rand ($205,000) but was granted half of that amount.

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