- Title: South Africa watchdog to oppose Zuma bid to set aside influence peddling report
- Date: 19th June 2017
- Summary: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (NOVEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EFF) PROTESTERS SINGING PLACARD READING (English): "ZUMA MUST GO!" MANGAUNG, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE) (REUTERS) JACOB ZUMA SINGING AT THE ANC's ELECTIVE CONFERENCE ZUMA SUPPORTERS SINGING (Zulu): "We still have a long way to go"
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- Keywords: Zuma Gupta state of capture corruption
- Location: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
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South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog will oppose a bid by President Jacob Zuma to have a report on claims of influence-peddling by him and his government set aside, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Monday (June 19).
Thuli Madonsela, Mkhwebane's predecessor as Protector, released the report in November. It called for a judicial inquiry into allegations that Zuma, some cabinet members and some state companies acted improperly, but stopped short of asserting that crimes had been committed.
In December Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing and faced down calls for his resignation over a series of scandals that have plagued his administration, asked the High Court to set the report aside.
In February, Mkhwebane said she was seeking legal advice on how to proceed on the issue.
On Monday she told a news conference her office would oppose Zuma's application to have the report set aside.
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