South Africa watchdog to oppose Zuma bid to set aside influence peddling report


JOHANNESBURG, June 19 (Reuters) - South Africa's
anti-corruption watchdog will oppose President Jacob Zuma's
court bid to set aside an influence-peddling report, Public
Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Monday.
    The Public Protector, a constitutionally-mandated watchdog,
released the report in November last year, after an extensive
probe over allegations of influence-peddling against Zuma, whose
administration has been marred by scandals. [nL8N1D31UX]
    The carefully worded report by Thuli Madonsela, Mkhwebane
predecessor, stopped short of asserting that crimes had been
committed and called for a judge to investigate the allegations.
    Zuma has denied any wrongdoing, and is challenging the
Public Protector's report in court.

 (Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Writing by Ed Stoddard;
Editing by James Macharia)
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