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File image: IOL.
File photo: Reuters
File photo: Reuters
JOHANNESBURG - South African power utility Eskom has suspended its chief financial officer, pending a disciplinary hearing, the firm said on Friday, the latest fallout from allegations of influence-peddling in government by close friends of President Jacob Zuma. 

The suspension of Anoj Singh was announced as the High Court ruled that it could not compel Zuma to set up a commission of inquiry into alleged influence- peddling by the Gupta family. 

The opposition DA had asked the court to force Zuma to establish a commission based on a report last year by an anti-graft watchdog into allegations that brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta had swayed the appointment of ministers. Singh was suspended pend­ing an investigation into allegations he granted preferential treatment to bidders supplying coal to the state-owned firm. 

- REUTERS