The South African government has been queried by the country’s ruling party, the ANC, to give an explanation for leaked mails specifying allegations of corruption, in the midst of scandals hanging on President Jacob Zuma’s shoulders.
Mails numbering in their thousands have been made public in the local media revealing accusation of misconduct in money-spinning government contracts offered the Guptas, a powerful Indian business group.
Senior ruling party members, the country’s trade unions, business leaders, and several thousands of protesters in a number of street demonstrations, have mounted pressure on Zuma to relinquish his position.
“These reports contain very worrying claims about the nature of the relationship between government and private interests.”
“The African National Congress calls on government to urgently seek to establish the veracity of these claims and explanation from those implicated.” The ruling party said.
The mails revealed a deal which profited the Guptas a sum 5.3 billion rand (410 million dollars) in a procurement deal aimed at purchasing trains from China.
It was also gathered that the Guptas assisted Zuma’s son, Duduzane, to get a flat worth $1.3 million in Dubai as well as helping the South African president secure residency in the city.
The allegations however has necessitated an investigation into why Zuma permitted the Guptas to have had undue advantage in government decisions, one of which was the selection of ministers.