(FILES) This file photo taken on April 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma giving a press conference during an official visit of the President of the Central African Republicon at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria. South Africa’s highest court on June 22, 2017 ruled that lawmakers can cast secret ballots in a no-confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma, who is facing mounting criticism within the ruling ANC. Although no date has been set for such a vote, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the National Assembly speaker has the “constitutional powers” to order a secret ballot in a case brought by the country’s opposition parties. / AFP PHOTO / PHILL MAGAKOE
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Thursday denied receiving any payments from private companies or individuals during his tenure.
Zuma while answering questions from lawmakers, said: “I did not receive any payments from private individuals or companies during my tenure as president of the Republic of South Africa, other than those disclosed or reported to the necessary authorities.”
He is accused of being influenced by the wealthy Gupta family in making government appointments and awarding contracts by state-owned firms.
The Guptas and Zuma deny wrongdoing and say they are victims of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
NAN reports that Zuma, 75, described the “State of Capture” report as “unfair” in parliament.
The report published in 2016 recommended a judicial investigation into allegations of systemic corruption by Zuma, some of his ministers and heads of state-owned companies.
The report focused on allegations that Zuma’s friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers.
Zuma and the Guptas have denied the accusations.