S/Africa’s Zuma faces corruption charges from opposition

South Africa’s main opposition party filed a criminal complaint on Tuesday accusing President Jacob Zuma of corruption after a report this month by an anti-graft agency listed allegations of influence-peddling in his government.

The “State of Capture” report released on November 2, fell short of indicting the President, his ministers and heads of state-owned companies.

The report however has plunged Zuma into the latest crisis of his scandal-plagued presidency.

The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane, has urged police to investigate these allegations.

“The DA will make sure Jacob Zuma, and all those who aid and abet him, are held accountable for their flagrant abuse of power to make themselves rich – at the expense of the poor and the jobless,” Maimane said.

The affair has rattled the financial assets of Africa’s most industrialized economy, which faces possible credit ratings downgrades later this year, and given even more ammunition to the opposition to try to unseat Zuma.

Zuma survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Thursday called by the DA over the allegations of influence-peddling.

His office has said Zuma will study the report and reserves the right to challenge it in court. He denies any wrongdoing.

The carefully worded report by Thuli Madonsela, who reached the end of her tenure as Public Protector on Oct. 14, stopped short of asserting that crimes had been committed and called for a judge to investigate the allegations.

The chief executive of the state power utility, Brian Molefe, announced his resignation on Friday after he was implicated in the report, but has denied any wrongdoing.

 

Reuters/Zainab Sa’id