Jacob Zuma’s son agrees to testify before South Africa’s graft inquiry panel

Duduzane Zuma had initially refused to testify but has since changed his mind.

A son to former South African president Jacob Zuma has agreed to testify at a judicial inquiry that is investigating allegations of corruption in the country during his father’s reign.

Duduzane Zuma was implicated in the case by former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, who told the inquiry panel that they both attended a damning meeting with members of the wealthy Gutpa family.

Jonas said he was offered the post of finance minister and $39.6 million bribe in exchange for business concessions. He said he declined the offer, and was warned he would be killed if he ever spoke of the proposal.

Paul Pretorius, the head of the inquiry panel’s legal team, said at the hearing in Johannesburg on Monday that Duduzane – who had initially refused to testify – had since changed his mind.

A date has yet to be set for his testimony.

The Gupta family has been accused of state capture during president Zuma’s administration, allegations it denies.

Jan Gilliland, a National Treasury official, told the panel on Monday that media companies founded by the Guptas had earned about $17.2 million in advertising from the government.

President Zuma resigned in February, and was replaced with his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

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