South Africa’s Opposition DA Seeks Zuma Graft Probe Over Guptas

South Africa’s Democratic Alliance, the largest opposition party, has written to the country’s graft ombudsman requesting an investigation into abuse of power by President Jacob Zuma.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has written to public protector Thuli Madonsela asking for an investigation into possible abuse of executive power by Zuma regarding the influence of the Gupta family on government decisions and appointments, he said in a statement published on the party’s website.

“We trust that the Public Protector will take swift action and begin an investigation as soon as possible,” Maimane wrote. Members of the DA will also lodge complaints with the graft ombudsman regarding other ministers who are in possible violation of the Executive Ethics Act, he wrote.

The application follows revelations this week that the Guptas, who are family friends of Zuma and business partners of his son, Duduzane, offered ministerial posts to ruling-party officials.

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