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South Africa sets up corruption commission

Tom Fox | January 16, 2018

If a tree falls down in a city, does anyone notice? That question might seem anomalous, but it was on the mind of The Man From FCPA after reports surfaced that South African President Jacob Zuma agreed to set up a nationwide corruption commission to look into allegations of rampant corruption through looting of government agencies and state-owned entities, most particularly through Zuma’s links with the Gupta family. Zuma had long resisted such calls, even from government officials and members of his own political party, the African National Congress.

Why would President Zuma do an about-face and agree to such a demand? The President’s announcement also followed a court ruling on Dec. 14, 2017, which ordered the President to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days and to pay the costs of the investigation. Also, there was talk within the African National...

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