South African President Jacob Zuma is facing new accusations of influence peddling, in what may be the most perilous scandal of his political career. On its front page Friday, Cape-Town-based Afrikaans-language daily Die Burger asked if this was "The End?" for the South African leader.
Senior public figures accused the Gupta family of close ties to Zuma, and of exerting undue influence. The Guptas, a family of Indian-born businessman, have been accused of offering cabinet posts to two politicians from Zuma's ANC party. Zola Tsotsi, who resigned a year ago as chairman of state power firm Eskom, told the Mail & Guardian daily that his exit was orchestrated by the Guptas.
Zuma's son sits on the boards of at least six Gupta companies. Gupta family members have denied ever trying to influence political appointments, saying they were the victims of a politically motivated plot.
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