S Africa’s Zuma shrugs off graft allegations at inquiry | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:45 AM, July 16, 2019

S Africa’s Zuma shrugs off graft allegations at inquiry

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma yesterday dismissed multiple graft allegations against him, telling a judicial inquiry he was the victim of conspiracies and years of “character assassination”. Zuma testified at the inquiry in Johannesburg into the so-called “state capture” scandal after previous witnesses gave damning evidence against him. He is accused of overseeing mass looting of state assets during his nine-year tenure before being ousted by the ruling ANC party in 2018 and replaced by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.In his much-anticipated appearance, Zuma seemed relaxed as he spoke uninterrupted for more than two hours.”I have been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people,” he said. “I have been given every other name and I have never responded.”

 

 

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