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South African Police Raid Gupta Family's Compound

14 Feb 2018 7:02 am
By Joe Parkinson and Gabriele Steinhauser 

JOHANNESBURG--A South African special crimes police unit early Wednesday raided the Johannesburg compound of the Gupta brothers, a controversial business family close to President Jacob Zuma that is alleged to have tried to bribe government officials.

State media reported that one of the three Gupta brothers had been arrested, along with an unnamed associate.

Angry crowds gathered around the police vehicles that blocked the high-walled compound in one of the city's most exclusive suburbs.

"Now it begins," said Llare Mandla, a taxi driver who drove to the compound when he heard the news. "Zuma should have just gone but now the fightback starts. Many people are going to jail. It's for the best."

In addition, South Africa's ruling African National Congress asked Mr. Zuma to respond to its order to resign by Wednesday morning, a party spokesman said.

"The president was to be filing his response by 10 a.m. this morning," ANC spokesman Pula Mabe told radio station SA fm, adding that there could be logistical delays.

On Tuesday, the ANC said Mr. Zuma had dismissed its order to step down immediately and instead demanded an extra three to six months. If the president stuck to his refusal to resign, the ANC would likely be forced into calling for a no-confidence vote.

Write to Joe Parkinson at joe.parkinson@wsj.com and Gabriele Steinhauser at gabriele.steinhauser@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 14, 2018 02:02 ET (07:02 GMT)

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