South Africa's Zuma to set up inquiry into graft claims


Zuma is set to attend the African Peer Review Mechanism / New Partnership for Africa's Development sessions on January 27, in addition to the thirtieth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, which is scheduled to take place on January 28 and 29.

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.

Sent from Maubane Mphahlele Inc., the letter said Transform RSA's attorneys were acting on behalf of members of the public "who have direct material and vested interests in the above matter, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of South Africa governing both election and removal of a President of South Africa".

South Africans might not get the outcomes they want to hear after the ANC's new National Executive Committee (NEC) meets on Wednesday and Thursday. "His hand has been forced", said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance.

South Africa is not a parliamentary democracy, but a constitutional democracy.

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There has been widespread speculation that Zuma is being put under pressure to step down as president, giving Ramaphosa room to assume control and work towards the presidential bid for 2019.

Zuma may have warded off an ouster bid by agreeing to the establishment of a commission headed by a judge nominated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to investigate the claims that the Guptas had wielded undue control over the state.

The announcement came amid opposition calls for Zuma's impeachment.

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.