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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 16:41
Jacob Zuma’s close ally arrested
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An elite South African police unit has raided a home of the influential Gupta family in Johannesburg as part of an investigation into corruption and influence peddling with the government.
 
Today's raid in the northern suburb Saxonworld comes as the country waits to see if President Jacob Zuma would resign after being asked to do so by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.
 
The Gupta family, an Indian-born South African business family, is central to the corruption allegations pitted against Zuma.
 
It is alleged that the president gave the family undue access to sensitive state information, government contracts, as well as a role in hiring and firing of cabinet ministers.
 
These accusations became known in local parlance as "state capture".
 
Zuma's presidency has been characterised by allegations of corruption and racketeering in a tenure that has tested both the resolve of the ANC and government to hold its own to account.
 
Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
 
Hangwani Mulaudzi, the spokesperson for elite Hawks police unit, described the investigation on the Guptas as "very serious".
 
"We're not playing around in terms of making sure that those who are responsible in the so-called state capture take responsibility for it," Mulaudzi told local media.
 
Two family members have been reportedly arrested.
 
The move to tackle the Guptas has been widely lauded, though analysts and activists say that the fight against corruption has only just begun.
 
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