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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011

South Africa

The Gupta factor

President Jacob Zuma’s critics again claim he is in thrall to the Durban-based Gupta family. If the African National Congress does badly in the coming local elections, party critics will again question his suitability as a presidential candidate. Brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta are in business with Zuma’s children and allies (AC Vol 51 No 24). Some ANC officials claim they influence senior appointments. They say newly appointed Transnet Chief Executive Brian Molefe is a close ally of both Zuma and the Guptas.

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