South Africa releases Zuma's son on bail in corruption case

Duduzane Zuma

Duduzane Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was granted bail of R100,000 in the Specialised Commercial Crimes court on Monday.

Possible corruption charges aren't Duduzane's only concern, as he is also expected to appear in court on Thursday on a charge of culpable homicide.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Phindi Louw Mjonondwane confirmed that Duduzane appeared in court on charges of corruption.

Duduzane Zuma is alleged to have been part of attempts to bribe a former deputy finance minister to agree to a top role in government.

It is believed he will face a corruption charge but this is unconfirmed as yet.

Duduzane was allegedly in the room at the time of the offer.

Ex-minister Jonas gave evidence that Duduzane orchestrated a meeting between himself and businessman Ajay Gupta in which he was offered $45m to become the South African finance minister.

The allegation is that had he agreed, Mr Jonas would have used his position as finance minister to advance the Guptas' extensive business interests - an example of what became known in South Africa as state capture.

A few Duduzane supporters were at loggerheads with journalists as they attempted to prevent pictures of Duduzane from being taken outside the courthouse, calling them sellouts, following the conclusion of the hearing.

He was briefly detained upon arrival at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport this week.

He returned to South Africa to attend his brother Vusi's funeral.

The case has been postponed to 24 January 2019 and a bail of 100,000 rand ($7,4000; $5,400) was granted.

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