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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s relatives do not inappropriatly benefit from government contracts, a Zuma spokesman insisted Monday, following opposition charges of conflicts of interest.

The president “makes his annual declaration of interest… The declaration is designed to ensure that a conflict of interest does not arise in the performance of his executive office,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party on Monday said laws regarding the business dealings of the president’s family members needed to be tightened as Zuma relatives were benefitting from “mega tenders.”

“The potential for the individuals closest to the president to be favoured in state deals is considerable,” the DA said in a statement…Read more.