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Corruption report puts pressure on Zuma

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:23

South African President Jacob Zuma drops his court bid to delay the release of a report over alleged influence peddling in government as thousands march in the capital Pretoria calling for him to stand down. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Thousands of people... All wanting South African President Jacob Zuma gone. Angry protestors taking to the streets of the capital of Pretoria on Wednesday. Day two of a hearing into the president's bid to delay the release of a report into alleged influence peddling in government. Instead, the court challenge was dropped. SOUNDBITE (English) JACOB ZUMA'S LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE, ADVOCATE ANTHEA PLATT, SAYING: "My instructions are to withdraw the application and to tender costs. My instructions are further not to oppose any costs on this scale - the scale of the costs. And we abide the decision of this honourable court in relation to those costs." Three wealthy brothers, and close friends of Zuma, are the subject of the report. It looks at allegations they influenced the appointment of ministers. Zuma denies giving the Gupta's undue influence... and they've denied asking for it. Regardless of the report's findings, calls for Zuma to go are growing louder SOUNDBITE (English) NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD, SIPHO PITYANA, SAYING: "We are at a point where we have to come to terms with the fact that for as long as you have President Zuma as the president of the country, it is not possible to turn the situation around. And we have made it clear - we have written to the president and we've asked for a meeting with him, we've told him that we believe he's no longer deserving to lead this country." Protestors hoping for a corruption scandal the president can't survive.

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Corruption report puts pressure on Zuma

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:23