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South Africa's Zuma crisis: Gupta home raided by police

Atul Gupta (centre) shakes hands with President Jacob Zuma (right) in 2012. Their relationship has come under scrutiny in recent years

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South Africa's elite police unit has raided the home of a controversial business family linked to President Jacob Zuma, as pressure increases on him to stand down.

Officials say three people were arrested as part of an investigation into the wealthy, Indian-born Guptas.

They have been accused of using their close friendship with Mr Zuma to wield enormous political influence.

Meanwhile, Mr Zuma's party has given him until the end of the day to resign. His links to the Guptas are one of the reasons he is being forced to resign before the 2019 general election.

The Guptas and Mr Zuma deny all allegations of wrongdoing. Pressure has been slowly increasing on Mr Zuma to stand down in recent weeks. He was expected to respond to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down at some point on Wednesday.

However, the situation has escalated, with ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu saying a motion of no-confidence in the president will be heard on Thursday.

Parliament will then elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president, potentially also tomorrow if the chief justice is available to swear him in.

Mr Ramaphosa was elected ANC president in December, replacing Mr Zuma.

Source : BBC