Scandals, Zuma’s had a few
Johannesburg - The government has been rocked by allegations that the Guptas, a wealthy family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma, may have been behind his decision to sack respected Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December.
A growing list of people are now coming out with evidence that they were offered top cabinet posts by the Guptas.
But before Zuptagate, there were other scandals that plagued Zuma's political career over the years. In case you forgot, here’s a list:
* Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was found guilty in 2005 of trying to solicit bribes worth R500 000 a year for Zuma from French arms company Thint. In return, Zuma was supposed to protect it from an investigation into an arms deal arranged by South Africa in the late 1990s.
* President Thabo Mbeki sacked Zuma as his deputy in 2005 after he was implicated in the arms deal. Zuma later ousted Mbeki to win leadership of the ANC.
* In 2005 Zuma was charged with raping the daughter of a friend and colleague within the ANC. She was an Aids activist and was HIV positive. Zuma said the sex was consensual and he was later cleared in court. During the trial he said he took a shower after sex to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.
* In 2009 prosecutors dropped an investigation into more than 700 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma relating to the same arms deal, paving the way for him to win a presidential election a month later.
* Zuma, a polygamist who has four wives, in 2009 fathered a child with the daughter of his friend and World Cup official Irvin Khoza. Zuma said in 2010 he “deeply regretted” the pain he had caused with the affair.
* An independent inquiry in 2014 found Zuma had benefited unduly from a state-funded security upgrade to his home that included a cattle enclosure, swimming pool and amphitheatre. Following months of political pressure, he agreed in February to foot part of the bill for the upgrades.
* Zuma was widely criticised in December when he changed finance ministers twice in a week, sending the rand plummeting, alarming investors and triggering financial turmoil.Reuters