South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday revealed that it will be given extra funds to investigate whether President Jacob Zuma allowed the wealthy Gupta family to make government appointments.
The Gupta family is very prominent in the country, and is accused of being behind Zuma’s abrupt sacking of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, a move that rattled investor confidence in the country and triggered calls for the president’s investigation.
Earlier this year, the scandal surrounding the Gupta’s took a dramatic turn after deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas alleged that the family had offered him his boss’ job.
Zuma said the family members are his friends, but denied doing anything improper.
The Gupta’s have also denied making job offers to anyone in the government.