It’s not the first time the scandal-ridden President
has escaped a potential party revolt. Since taking office in 2009, he has depended on loyal party members and grassroots support to weather each political scandal.
But Zuma is now facing increasing calls from opposition groups and the public
Amid this political turmoil he is traveling to Havana
for the funeral service of Fidel Castro, and has ordered the country’s f
The 355-page State of Capture report
contained allegations, and in some instances evidence, of cronyism, questionable business deals and ministerial appointments at the very top of government.
The President, his son Duduzane Zuma, government ministers, the board of South Africa’s state power utility, Eskom, and the Gupta family — brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta — are all implicated in what the report said could be breaches of ethics codes and in some cases criminal allegations.
The Guptas are a wealthy family who emigrated from India to South Africa, where they have built a business empire and wield much political influence.
Duduzane Zuma, the Guptas, and Eskom’s CEO have all denied the claims.
The report recommended that Zuma appoint a commission of inquiry headed by a judge within 30 days to investigate the allegations.
But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters on Tuesday that the party “came to consensus that report is inconclusive.”
“There are individuals who are implicated. Those individuals must go and review the report if they are not happy,” he added.
lags to be flown at half-staff to mark the Cuban leader’s passing.