S.African scrutiny over Zuma's ties to Indian family

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (C) peeks through barbed wire around the Constitutional Court where judges were hearing a case over public money spent on President Jacob Zuma's private house on February 9, 2016 in JohannesburgPolitical scandals, huge economic deals and even extravagant wedding party controversies — an immigrant family that is one of South Africa’s wealthiest is accused by critics of wielding immense power behind the scenes. The Guptas, an Indian family that moved to the country in the 1990s, are alleged to exert a magnetic pull over President Jacob Zuma, and their influence has increasingly become the target of government’s fiercest critics. To outsiders they may seem an industrious immigrant family that has made it big in their adopted country, but now their reputation is a key battleground in opposition efforts to oust Zuma from power.

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