Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

Johann Rupert, SA’s second-richest man, said former president Jacob Zuma used five agencies and private detectives overseas to "get dirt" on him after he called for Zuma’s axing in 2016. Speaking to shareholders at investment firm Remgro’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday, Rupert said he has been following the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture and has been "shocked" by its disclosures. Zuma’s spokesperson and lawyer did not respond to queries on Rupert’s allegations late on Thursday. The former president, his son Duduzane and their associates, the Gupta family, are at the centre of allegations that they used their political influence to benefit commercially from government and state-owned entity business. In 2016, after his calls for Zuma to step down, Rupert was singled out in a social media campaign directed by UK-based spin doctors Bell Pottinger, under contract from the Gupta family’s Oakbay Investments. The campaign was believed to be an attempt to deflect ...

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