Ex-president Jacob Zuma pulls out of South Africa corruption inquiry

Jacob Zuma pulls out of corruption probe
Former South African President Jacob Zuma

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has abandoned his testimony to a state commission investigating corruption allegations after claiming he is being treated unfairly.

The commission is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies. His lawyers said on Friday that Mr Zuma, who denies the allegations, will no longer participate.

Mr Zuma was president from 2009 to 2018, when he resigned under pressure from his ruling African National Congress party and was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.

He began his testimony this week by calling the allegations part of an international intelligence conspiracy that began more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character.

He has been questioned about his close relationship with the wealthy Gupta family and allegations that they exerted influence over cabinet appointments and state contracts.

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