Me­dia leaks fur­ther wound Zuma

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

9 Ja­cob Zuma faced re­newed pres­sure to step down from the South African pres­i­dency af­ter a series of me­dia re­ports de­tailed links be­tween elected of­fi­cials and a fam­ily of ty­coons ac­cused of hold­ing un­due sway over his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

More than 100,000 doc­u­ments and emails leaked to re­porters in re­cent weeks ap­pear to de­tail im­proper deal­ings in lu­cra­tive gov­ern­ment con­tracts made with the Gupta fam­ily – se­cre­tive and im­mensely wealthy busi­ness­men of In­dian ori­gin who have lived in South Africa for decades.

Au­thor­i­ties have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sev­eral al­lies of Zuma who have been linked to cor­rup­tion at three state-owned com­pa­nies. One of the al­le­ga­tions in­volves sus­pected kick­backs worth $411m.

The Gupta fam­ily and Zuma deny wrong­do­ing.

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