South African Police Raid Home of Wealthy Family Linked to Zuma

Police in South Africa have raided the home of a wealthy family linked to embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is expected to announce later Wednesday whether he will comply with his party’s demand that he resign.

State broadcaster SABC says one person has been arrested in the early morning raid on the Johannesburg home of the Gupta family by an elite anti-corruption police unit dubbed the Hawks.

The Gupta family has been accused of using their friendship with Zuma to control state appointments and contacts.

The allegations surrounding the Gupta family and the president prompted leaders of the African National Congress to formally demand the 75-year-old leader step down after nine scandal-plagued years in office. The many allegations levied against Zuma include charges that he used some $20 million in public funds for improvements at his private estate.

However, Zuma has no legal obligation to resign, and has now resisted more than a week of intense pressure from the party.

If he refuses to step down, the matter will go before parliament, which could remove him on a vote of no-confidence. If that happens, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa would likely become South African president.


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