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Zuma son in S.Africa court on corruption charges

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

Duduzane Zuma, the son of scandal-hit former South African Jacob Zuma, appeared in ankle shackles in a today on corruption charges before being released on bail.

Duduzane, 34, worked for the Gupta family, which is accused of corrupt dealings with by being granted lucrative government contracts and influencing ministerial appointments.

He has been charged over involvement in a bribe allegedly offered to former deputy minister by the Guptas.

"He is charged with corruption for offering undue gratification to a public officer," told reporters. "The state did not oppose bail because he has been cooperating."

Jonas has said in a sworn statement that the Guptas offered him the post of minister in return for obeying the family's instructions -- for which he would allegedly be paid 600 million rand (USD 50 million, 42.5 million euros).

"The charges are based on allegations made by Mcebisi Jonas," Duduzane's lawyer, Rudi Krause, said, adding that his client denied all wrongdoing.

was granted 100,000 rand (USD 7,500) bail and the case was postponed until January 24.

He is also due in court on Thursday on culpable homicide charges over a in 2014.

Zuma, 76, was forced to resign in February as criticism grew from within the ruling over multiple corruption scandals.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:40 IST