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Business Leadership SA disagrees with Zulu on communication issues

Lindiwe Zulu has denied accusing business leaders of trying to 'topple' President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: YouTube Screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The chair of Business Leadership South Africa has disagreed with senior African National Congress (ANC) leader Lindiwe Zulu about the nature of communication between corporate SA and the ruling party.

While Zulu has denied accusing business leaders of trying to topple President Jacob Zuma, she says communication is not effective.

This after today's Mail and Guardian quoted Zulu as saying the business sector should have rallied around the president, following his appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister.

Bobby Godsell says focusing on the way forward is key.

"I think business leaders have spoken up in the past and they will [continue to do so] in the future. We are a robust nation and the central question for South Africa is how do we get to a much more robust levels of growth and much more inclusive growth?"

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Earlier today, Zulu said there was no plot to topple the president by big business, but there was a lack of communication.

"I don't think business is as close as it's supposed to be. If big business. in particular, consistently talks to the governing party, many of the things we found ourselves in would not have happened."

Zulu also said business was not obliged to support the president's decision.

"If they had an obligation, I don't think the president would have reversed that decision. He reversed that decision because he listened to business."

Zulu served as Zuma's advisor when he first came into office and says he's always had difficulty in communicating effectively with major companies in South Africa.


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