Monday 19 August 2019

Zuma agrees to co-operate with graft probe after threat to pull out

South Africa

Former South African President Jacob Zuma . REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Former South African President Jacob Zuma . REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Alexander Winning

Former South African president Jacob Zuma agreed to continue giving evidence at a public inquiry into state corruption yesterday after earlier complaining of "relentless cross-examination" and saying he would pull out.

The inquiry is looking into allegations that Mr Zuma, ousted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in February 2018, had allowed cronies to plunder state resources and influence senior appointments during his nine years in power.

Mr Zuma (77) has long denied any wrongdoing but he has ducked and dived in his testimony to the inquiry this week, saying that he is being questioned unfairly.

Judge Raymond Zonda said Mr Zuma had agreed to continue co-operating with the inquiry via his legal team by providing written statements.

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