Ex-President Jacob Zuma’s son charged with corruption

OrijoReporter.com, Duduzane Zuma

Duduzane Zuma, son of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption.

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The younger Zuma is accused of taking part in the attempts to bribe a former deputy finance minister to agree to a top role in government, BBC reports.

It said the allegation is related to the activities of the controversial Gupta family who are accused of exerting undue influence over President Zuma.

According to the report, in 2015, former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas claimed he had been offered the position of finance minister and a bribe of 600m rand ($44m; £36m)) during a meeting with Duduzane Zuma, businessman Fana Hlongwane and Ajay Gupta.

The allegation is that had he agreed, Mr. Jonas would have used his position as finance minister to advance the Guptas’ extensive business interests – an example of what became known in South Africa as state capture.

His father was forced to resign in February following pressure from the ruling ANC party over multiple corruption scandals, including his ties with the Guptas.

Duduzane is expected back in court on Thursday to face charges of culpable homicide over a crash on a major South African highway in 2014 in which two people were killed.

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