South Africa: Zuma backs down on bid to block corruption report
02 Nov 2016

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has abandoned his court bid to block the release of a report by former anti-corruption chief Thuli Madonsela.

She investigated allegations that he let the wealthy Gupta family wield undue influence in his government.

Mr Zuma’s lawyer informed the High Court in the capital, Pretoria, of the decision, but the reasons are unclear.

Opposition groups are holding rallies in South Africa’s major cities to protest against Mr Zuma’s rule.

The report is believed to contain damning allegations against Mr Zuma, reports the BBC’s Milton Nkosi from Pretoria.

The Guptas were accused of trying to influence ministerial posts in exchange for business favours.

Both Mr Zuma and the Gupta family strongly denied the allegation.

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