Zuma's ethics questioned

Jacob Zuma delivers the Jan 8 Statement during the ANC's birthday celebrations at Kings Park Stadium, Durban on 12 January 2013. Picture: ANC Pix
CAPE TOWN - The Ethics Institute of South Africa at the weekend said remarks by African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma on companies flourishing if they do business with the political party are ambiguous and problematic.

At a gala dinner celebrating the ANC’s 101 birthday in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend Zuma said businesses which co-operate with the ruling party will prosper.

The institute's Deon Russouw said the president’s comments are unfortunate.

"It sounded as though if you support the ANC there will be some form of a reward, which may come in the form of preferential treatment when it comes to awarding of contracts."

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)