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Pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela said her of­fice will need only R3m for an ini­tial probe into the in­flu­ence of the Gupta fam­ily on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, Busi­ness Day re­ported. The first part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would focus on whether non-gov­ern­ment ac­tors were in­volved in the ap­point­ment of min­is­ters, par­tic­u­larly the ap­point­ment of Des van Rooyen as fi­nance min­is­ter in December 2015, and whether this in­volve­ment took place with the per­mis­sion of Zuma, the news­pa­per said. The sec­ond and main in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which would be much more com­plex, would look at whether con­tracts were ir­reg­u­larly and cor­ruptly awarded to Gupta fam­ily busi­nesses by state-owned com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, Busi­ness Day said.

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