South African panel orders ex-leader Zuma to testify in graft probe

Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma.

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What you need to know:

  • Zuma, who became president in 2009, was forced to resign in February 2018 over graft scandals centred around an Indian business family, the Guptas, who won lucrative contracts with state companies and were allegedly even able to choose cabinet ministers.
  • Chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, the commission was set up in 2018 to hear testimony from ministers, ex-ministers, government officials and business executives on alleged corruption under Zuma's tenure.

A South African judicial panel on Friday ordered former president Jacob Zuma to testify next month over allegations of state corruption during his nine-year rule, forcing the embattled politician to appear in court despite his plea that the judge was biased against him.

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