President delays answering Gupta questions


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JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has confirmed she met with President Jacob Zuma on Thursday as part of her investigation into the involvement of the Gupta family in Cabinet appointments.

In a statement, Madonsela's office says the four-hour meeting was dominated by arguments for the deferral of the investigation to the incoming public protector on the grounds that the president did not have sufficient time to prepare.

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Human rights group Accountability Now says it was expected president Zuma would respond this way.

Director Paul Hoffman said, "It's  the traditional stance and strategy that the Zuma administration has resulted to in anything and everything in which he is in trouble, entirely to be expected. He's got questions that he has to answer and he doesn't want to answer them to quickly without legal advice which is understandable. You will see that there will be every effort to stretch this out as long as possible."



President Zuma's legal team and the public protector agreed that the president would answer a set of questions through an affidavit and meet with the public protector again to clarify outstanding issues.

Madonsela leaves office next Saturday. She'll be replaced by Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

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