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Five South African Lawmakers Resign After Pleading Guilty to Fraud


Five South African lawmakers from the ruling African National Congress have resigned from parliament after they pleaded guilty to defrauding parliament in a multi-million dollar travel scam.

The lawmakers allegedly spent government funds for personal holidays and other luxuries. They are to pay fines and receive suspended jail sentences.

Their resignations come a week after President Thabo Mbeki fired Deputy President Jacob Zuma who was implicated in a separate corruption scandal.

At least 20 other lawmakers have been charged for allegedly defrauding parliament and are to appear in court on July 28.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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