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Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

It is suspected that kickbacks amounting to US$ 411 million were paid in exchange for state contracts.

"South Africans deserve a capable President who will act in their best interest at all times‚ not someone who abuses their power and steals from the people. But this one is specifically about the Gupta family, the president and his son".

This is in contrast to the meeting at which former president Thabo Mbeki's recall was discussed, which reportedly went on for a day and ended after midnight. Zuma argued that he is concerned that this sets a particular precedent for the office of President and is deserving of legal certainty.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is expected to head the commission.

She added that the DA would continue to pursue every possible avenue to hold Zuma accountable for the 783 counts of corruption against him as well as his role in state capture.

But the court last month told Zuma the State of Capture's recommendations were binding and he should abide by them within a month following a ruling against his application for a review of the Public Prosecutor's recommendations.

The sources all agreed that it was now a matter of when, and not if, Zuma stepped down.

"I don't expect a dramatic shift this early in the year".

"Accordingly, by making more resources available, it is my honest hope that the commission will be able to reach many of those areas of concern that may not have been reached by the public protector's investigation, but form part of what she might have investigated, had she had sufficient resources to do so".

The rand has swung between R12.2275 and the upper R12.50s for the first two weeks of the year, pushed and pulled by mostly rumour-fuelled bets of a Zuma resignation before his term ends next year.

Madonsela says although evidence may have been compromised, the situation "can still be salvaged". Now, however, he has been forced into offering it his full support.

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