South Africa graft-tainted Zuma announced a probe into corruption

Vastavam web: South Africa’s graft-tainted president Jacob Zuma has announced a probe into corruption at the highest levels of the state after parliament indicated it would this week deliberate procedures for impeachment.Corruption allegations have tarnished Zuma’s image as well as eroded his support base and he was ordered last month to appoint a judicial inquiry into the alleged graft within 30 days.The Constitutional Court had ruled nearly two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence.

In power since 2009, Zuma stepped down in December as president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party after a 10-year tenure marked by numerous court judgements against him.He said further delays in appointing the commission would make the public doubt the government’s commitment to dismantling “all forms of corruption” and entrench “the perception” that the state has been captured by private interests.Zuma said the commission would be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo.

South Africa’s main oppostion Democratic Alliance (DA) cheered the creation of the probe.After the Constitutional Court found against him, he eventually reimbursed the equivalent of around USD 500,000 for non-security-related work at his homestead, a sum set by the treasury.In 2016 a damning report questioned Zuma’s dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who allegedly were granted influence over his cabinet appointments.Last month also saw Zuma suffer another blow when his vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti- corruption ticket, was elected ANC president after seeing off Zuma’s former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.The claim incensed safe-sex campaigners – not least because Zuma was head of the country’s national AIDS council at the time.