Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

South Africa's president said Tuesday he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party, declaring "this matter can not wait any longer".

Magashule said that there was only one item on the agenda, namely ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's speech, celebrating the ANC's 106th birthday.

In a statement President Zuma said that "allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of... the people of South Africa, are of paramount importance" and were "deserving of finality and certainty".

Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing, said he has appealed the order to pay the costs himself but is moving ahead with a commission of inquiry because "this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention".

The ANC special national executive committee (NEC) meeting‚ the first for 2018 and for the newly elected-leadership collective‚ has concluded without any fireworks.

"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

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"It is quite clear that Ramaphosa is not equal to the task of getting rid Zuma as the majority of the ANC is still made up of corrupt and selfish leaders who put filling their own pockets before the needs of the people‚" Van Damme said.

The announcement came amid opposition calls for Zuma's impeachment.

South Africa's main oppostion Democratic Alliance (DA) cheered the creation of the probe.

Mr Zuma has been accused of conspiring with a wealthy business family, the Guptas, to control lucrative state contracts.

Transform RSA was demanding "an unequivocal and unconditional undertaking" by the party and its NEC, allies and partners that there would be no intention to discuss or decide on removing Zuma from office.

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