Jacob Zuma S.A President launches court bid to set aside report on influence peddling

Zuma asked the court to refer back the report to the anti-graft watchdog for further investigations.

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma waits to address a rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), South Africa April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings play South Africa's President Jacob Zuma waits to address a rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), South Africa April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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South African President Jacob Zuma has asked the High Court to set aside an anti-corruption watchdog report that called for a judicial inquiry into alleged influence-peddling in his government, eNCA television reported on Saturday, December 3.

Zuma asked the court to refer back the report to the anti-graft watchdog for further investigations, and also said that the anti-graft watchdog had no right to call for a judicial inquiry, the television channel said quoting court documents.

The report, released on Nov. 2, focused on allegations that businessman brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta had influenced the appointment of ministers.

Zuma and the Gupta brothers have denied the accusations.

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