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Feb 13, 2018 12:32 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

How an Indian-origin family became the reason for SA Prez Jacob Zuma's downfall

Reports have pointed that Zuma will be asked formally to step down and his rival Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to take over as the Head of State in 2019.

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South Africa's Head of State Jacob Zuma may soon be recalled from his position by the country's ruling party ANC, according to reports.

The reports have pointed that Zuma will be asked formally to step down and his rival Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to take over as the Head of State in 2019.

Zuma has been the leader since 2009, but has faced a series of allegations largely involving corruption. Even though he has always denied the allegations, evidences point otherwise. In 2016, the highest court in South Africa ruled against him when Zuma did not repay the government money spent by him for his house.

Not only this, Zuma's links with the wealthy, Indian-origin Gupta family have been criticised. The Gupta family, originally from Uttar Pradesh and now settled in South Africa, has been accused by critics of indulging in crony capitalism and for running a "shadow government".

The family's alleged ties to Zuma first came under the spotlight in 2013 when tycoon Anil Gupta's daughter Vega was getting married. The guests were given police escort during the wedding. They were also given the permission to land their chartered plane to a military base.

In 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal also gave the verdict of giving him 18 charges, totaling to 783 payments, where he is believed to have been involved in corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a 1999 arms contract.

As a person, Zuma is said to be a charmer. Critics say he has used his charm to manipulate the government and make sure that work is done according to his convenience.
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