ANC: We won't pre-empt discussions on Zuma recall
What is now known as state capture is expected to top the agenda at this weekend's ANC NEC meeting.
JOHANNESBURG The African National Congress (ANC) says the issue of how the latest developments involving President Jacob Zuma, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and the controversial Gupta family impact the president should be left to the party.
Late yesterday after days of speculation, Jonas confirmed he met with members of the Gupta family, who made him an offer.
Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of minister of finance, to replace then minister, Nene. I rejected this out of hand. The basis of my rejection of their offer is that it makes a mockery of our hard-earned democracy, the trust of our people, and no one but the president of the republic appoints ministers.
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He says he broke his silence for the sake of the country and that every South African should be concerned about so-called state capture.
But the Gupta family stands by their claim that no such meeting took place and has accused Jonas of trying to score political points.
The ANC has an all-important National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend.
The partys Zizi Kodwa says discussions about Zuma's recall are not taking place within the party.
At this stage we dont want to pre-empt a discussion because I dont think theres a basis to make that pre-emption. [sic]
What is now crucial is what the ruling party says and does about the latest revelations.
What has become known as state capture is expected to top the agenda at this weekend's all-important NEC meeting.
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Zuma has confirmed that the Guptas are personal friends of his and the implications of this are yet to be seen.
Whether theres a response to this debacle from the Presidency or not, Zuma is due in Parliament this afternoon where he will no doubt face tough questions.