The son of former South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption in a Johannesburg court.

 

Duduzane Zuma, 34, is alleged to have attempted to bribe a former deputy finance minister to agree to a top role in government.

 

The allegation has connections to the controversial Gupta family who are accused of enjoying undue access and influence over the former President .

The former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas has claimed that in 2015 he was offered the position of finance minister and a bribe of 600m rand ($44m; £36m)) and present at the meeting was Duduzane Zuma, businessman Fana Hlongwane and Ajay Gupta.

Should he had agreed, Mr Jonas would have in return used his position as finance minister to advance the Guptas’ extensive business interests.

Both parties have since denied the charges, the case has been postponed to 24 January 2019 and a bail of 100,000 rand ($7,4000; $5,400) was granted.

Duduzane Zuma, 34, lives in Dubai, and was back in the country to attend his brother’s funeral. He was ordered to hand in his passport to the state.

 

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