South Africa's President Jacob Zuma addresses an anti-crime meeting in Elsie's River, Cape Town, South Africa May 30, 2017. Picture taken May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South Africa: Zuma setting Commission to probe graft allegations

South Africa’s president said Tuesday he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party, declaring “this matter cannot wait any longer.”

Zuma was ordered to establish the inquiry within 30 days of a High Court ruling last month, which upheld the recommendations of South Africa’s corruption-fighting Public Protector.

“I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention,” Zuma said in a statement.

President Zuma’s statement, issued on the eve of a high-level ruling party meeting where his fate is a certain topic of discussion, said any further delay will make the public doubt the government’s resolve to fight graft.

The announcement came amid opposition calls for Zuma’s impeachment. “Zuma deserves no credit for this decision. His hand has been forced,” said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance.

The 75-year-old president has faced and denied numerous corruption allegations since taking office in 2009 and has survived several votes of no-confidence in parliament.

Zuma has appealed the order to pay the costs of the investigation but is moving ahead with a commission of inquiry because “this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention.” He added that “no area of corruption and culprit” should be spared.

Source: News Agencies

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