President Jacob Zuma agreed to appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture to defuse calls for him to step down immediately, three ANC officials with knowledge of the matter said. Zuma met Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected ANC leader last month, in the southeastern city of Durban on Sunday and agreed to the probe, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the outcome of their talks was not publicly disclosed. The inquiry will look into allegations that his friends the Guptas were allowed to influence state decisions. Zuma’s announcement of the commission on Tuesday night complies with an order from the High Court in Pretoria and comes after he undermined his own party’s decision to co-operate by appealing the ruling. Zuma’s about-turn on Tuesday came before the new ANC national executive committee meets for the first time on Wednesday in East London. It was hoped that it would lessen the chances of him being removed before the party’s 106th anniversary ce...

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