South Africa's Zuma denies corruption allegations

Former President Jacob Zuma at the Pietermaritzburg on 23 May 2019

Former President Jacob Zuma at the Pietermaritzburg on 23 May 2019

The former president said he had nothing to do with what Gupta talked about with Maseko. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government.

Zuma has repeatedly denied these allegations.

In the earlier testimony, he said he had been the target of assassination attempts in the past.

Several witnesses other than Mentor have told the inquiry that the Guptas were privy to information about senior government appointments. "I'm the most corrupt", he said the inquiry was established in a bid to assassinate "his character".

"They seemed to be warm to the idea", Zuma said, adding that he and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe met the Guptas to further discuss the idea. "I'm not a businessperson, I know nothing about business, I'm a politician, I know something about politics". "I have wondered why I am accused, why people think my relationship with them is not right".

"The former president established this commission and is willing to cooperate". At times, I know what they are doing - all because I want to save the organization and to save the country.

Zuma said he found the Gupta family "very friendly".

Zuma posted a video to his Twitter account, imitating the women who sang "Zuma must go" in protest in 2017. "He should be buried here".

Sitting in central Johannesburg, it has heard from scores of witnesses over 130 days in session since a year ago.

Sitting in central Johannesburg, the inquiry has heard from scores of witnesses over 130 days in session since previous year. Zuma is also referred to by his initials JZ and his clan name Msholozi. One of the witnesses in the investigation, businessman Angelo Agrizzi reported that Zuma accepted a monthly fee of $22,000 from a firm trying to avoid a police investigation.

The money was in theory for his charity foundation. Agrizzi said his company organized parties and provided alcoholic beverages and birthday cakes to stay within the favors of Zuma's associates.

The inquiry is spotlighting the allegations of graft that clouded Zuma's nine-year presidency, but analysts say that if it fails to pin a case on him it could dent President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive.

According to a former ANN7 news editor, Rajesh Sundaram, Zuma helped facilitate visas for the Guptas' staff from India.

He allegedly pushed nuclear energy policies that would have benefited the family, who owned a uranium mine in the country.

The family, originally from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, rose to power in IT, mining and media sectors after coming to South Africa as the new democracy dawned under President Nelson Mandela.

Zuma has also been in court on several occasions over the past year to answer corruption charges linked to a deal to buy military hardware for the armed forces in the 1990s.