South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma told a judge-led inquiry that allegations of corruption against him were a “conspiracy” aimed at removing him from the political scene.

According to a report by the BBC – he was appearing for the first time at the inquiry, which is investigating allegations that he oversaw a web of corruption during his term in office.

His supporters cheered when he entered the building.

Mr. Zuma was forced to resign as president in February 2018.

He was replaced by his then deputy Cyril Rama-phosa, who promised to tackle corruption in South Africa.

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