NPA expected to provisionally withdraw corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma

NPA expected to provisionally withdraw corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority is expected to provisionally withdraw corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma. The ex-president's son faces charges relating to an alleged R600 million bribe offer put forward by a Gupta brother.

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The NPA is expected to provisionally withdraw the corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court tomorrow.

Duduzane's lawyers have declined to comment until the process is finalised on Thursday. Spokesperson for the NPA, Phindi Mjonondwane, has said that the state will also wait until after court proceedings to comment.

According to Business Day, Duduzane Zuma's lawyers have received a letter from the NPA, notifying them of the intention to withdraw.

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Although the exact reason behind this move remains unclear, it follows the NPA's decision to withdraw charges against members of the Gupta family and their associates in late 2018, relating to the Estina Dairy Project scandal.

In July 2018, Duduzane Zuma had been charged with corruption relating to an alleged R600 million bribe made to Mcebisi Jonas, ex-deputy finance minister, by a Gupta brother.

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The Gupta brother had allegedly offered Jonas the position of finance minister in exchange for advancing the families interests.

Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied the ex-deputy's claim that he had met with Duduzane Zuma and Fana Hlongwane ( former arms deal adviser). According to Jonas, they had met over rumours that Hlongwane was blackmailing him.

Mcebisi Jonas is set to testify about this encounter at the state capture inquiry, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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