Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

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South Africa's graft-tainted president Jacob Zuma has announced a probe into corruption at the highest levels of the state after parliament indicated it would this week deliberate procedures for impeachment. Media is also speculating that Cyril Ramaphosa, who defeated Zuma's preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be trying to force Zuma out of the presidency to clear the way for reform of the party, which is suffering erosion of electoral support. Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, selected by the chief justice will head the commission, Zuma said in the statement.

Some national executive committee members are pushing for the newly elected leadership to recall Zuma and get the party on a "clean slate" ahead of the all-important 2019 national elections.

"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.

The rand has swung between R12.2275 and the upper R12.50s for the first two weeks of the year, pushed and pulled by mostly rumour-fuelled bets of a Zuma resignation before his term ends next year.

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However, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Zuma had in fact made a deal with ANC leaders to stay in power, at least for the time being, citing three officials.

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

Transform RSA had became aware "on or about 1 January 2018" of the ANC's NEC meeting held on Wednesday, "to discuss, inter alia, an intended removal of Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma ...from the position of Executive President of South Africa", according to the letter.

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.

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