If you thought Jacob Zuma and the ANC were squirming in their seats after #ZuptaMustFall rang out around parliament you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Now, publicly and openly, members within the ANC are beginning to expose the rotten core of the ruling party. That above is current Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas, publicly stating that the Gupta family are pulling all the strings behind the scenes whilst their puppet plays president.
City Press with more:
“The old man wants to make you finance minister,” deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas was told at the Gupta family mansion in Saxonwold.
He had first been invited to a coffee date with Duduzane Zuma who acted as the family’s emissary ahead of Nhlanhla Nene’s axing on December 9.
Zuma Junior had asked Jonas if he could meet with presidential emissaries. Curious, he agreed.
A stunned Jonas listened as two of the Gupta brothers told him that if he agreed to “work with us”, he would be enriched. “We’ll fix you up,” he was told.
The family said they would provide staff for him, and that he should get rid of certain senior Treasury staff who the Sunday Times named as director general Fuzile Lungisa, tax and financial sector policy head Ismail Momoniat, technical advisory sector head Andrew Donaldson, and chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown.
So how are the Guptas responding to this public backlash? Vehement denial of course, with this below from the Mail & Guardian:
Their company, Oakbay Investments, issued a statement shortly after Jonas publicly confirmed the offer on Wednesday.
A Gupta family spokesperson said: “These latest allegations are just more political point scoring between rival factions within the ANC. To be clear: any suggestion that the Gupta family or any of our representatives or associates have offered anyone a job in government is totally false.
“We challenge Minister Jonas to provide a full account of the supposed meeting that took place, under oath, in a court of law. Minister Jonas is attempting to cover up and divert attention away from his own relationships and practices. We are confident questions about his own ethical standards will be exposed.”
“We will not provide any further running commentary on what is now just a politically-motivated campaign against us.”
You couldn’t make it up, could you?
We can now look forward to ANC party members racking their brains to decide which will benefit them more in the long run – backing Zuma or denouncing his deplorable leadership.
Here’s hoping they sing and the party’s indiscretions are laid bare.
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