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ANC Backs Zuma as South African Opposition Seeks His Ouster

  • Motion of no confidence in president will fail: Mantashe
  • Voters will judge ANC harshly, opposition lawmaker says
Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

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South Africa’s ruling party leadership rallied around President Jacob Zuma after the nation’s graft ombudsman implied he may have allowed the Gupta family to influence cabinet appointments, vowing that it would block an opposition attempt to unseat him through a no-confidence vote.

The Public Protector’s investigation of Zuma’s links with the Guptas, who are his friends and in business with his son, was “inconclusive” and made no definite findings against him, African National Congress Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The ANC supported the ombudsman’s directive to establish a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate whether there had been any wrongdoing, he said, following a meeting of the party’s national working committee.