Jacob Zuma accused of preventing an investigation into Gupta family

Jacob Zuma accused of preventing an investigation into Gupta family

- Former president Jacob Zuma allegedly allowed Ajay Gupta to use his private office for personal business

- This comes as former intelligence head Gibson Njenje and his former colleague Mo Shaik give testimony on state capture

- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard tell of a president who had clouded judgement when it came to the notorious family

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Former intelligence boss Gibson Njenje claims Jacob Zuma allowed Ajay Gupta access to his private office during his time as president.

eNCA reports that Njenje is turning up the heat on the embattled politician at the State Capture Inquiry.

Evidence was heard of alleged meetings at the Saxonwold compound to discuss illicit influence on government officials.

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This comes after Riaz 'Mo' Shaik, another ex-intelligence boss, testified how Zuma could not separate his personal ties with the family from his duties as the nation's leader:

"There came a point in his administration where he could not separate his personal relationship with the Guptas from his responsibility as the head of the national executive."

A former friend of the ex-president, Shaik claimed that Zuma had not been totally cognisant of his responsibilities when he assumed the top role.

Shaik recalled meetings that took place in 2011, one with Zuma himself and another with intelligence minister at the time, Siyabonga Cwele, during which calls for an investigation into the family were ignored, reports TimesLIVE.

Both Zuma and the former minister allegedly halted the probe into the Guptas and their political influence.

Shaik believed that if the investigation had gone forward without the permission of the president, his position would have been on the line:

"It was clear the power to remove us did lie with the president, and if we did continue with the investigation our removal would be forthcoming. It was a mountain too high to climb."

Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma's first appearance before the inquiry had been difficult, with the ex-president bowing out of all subsequent scheduled return dates.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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