JOHANNESBURG, 16 November 2020 – Former South African President Jacob Zuma has called on the country’s Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from investigations into corruption during Zuma’s tenure in office.

The commission of inquiry – Zondo Commission as it is called – is charged with looking into what is known as “state capture” during Zuma’s presidency.

The commission is investigating whether or not the wealthy Gupta family, who are close friends with Zuma, were unfairly awarded millions of dollars in government contracts.

Zuma and the Gupta family, which is also suspected of influencing political appointments, have denied any wrongdoing.

After first testifying before the commission last year, Zuma has said it is biased against him. Zuma has called the commission a witch hunt.

Corruption dogged the Zuma presidency. It was investigations of corruption that forced Zuma to step down in February 2018.

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