ANC heavyweight speaks out against Gupta influence
Former Minister Barbara Hogan says the time has come for ‘rotten forces’ within the ANC to accept defeat.
JOHANNESBURG - As President Jacob Zuma prepares for what is expected to be a stormy session in Parliament this afternoon, former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan says the time has come for the so-called 'rotten forces' within the movement to accept defeat and step aside.
Yesterday, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed that he had refused an offer from the Gupta family, who were allegedly offering him a ministerial post.
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The Guptas deny the meeting took place, and have accused the respected politician of trying to score points.
In response, opposition parties have vowed to lay criminal charges in reaction to the scandal.
Hogan says she's encouraged by the firm stance taken against state capture.
Hogan has been outspoken against the perceived influence of the Gupta family.
She says people that have benefitted from having a close relationship with the Guptas are now on the back foot.
"The rotten forces are on the back foot. I would appeal to those people who believe that they still have to defend Zuma and who have benefitted from a close relationship with the Guptas, to now stand back and move on. They are not going to win this battle."
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Hogan has confirmed that she came under much pressure to meet with a Gupta family linked airline over its business interests, but says she refused.
She is the latest senior African National Congress (ANC) leader to reveal the extent of the Gupta family's alleged influence over government appointments and business deals.
She was appointed minister by Zuma after he became head of state in 2009.
Hogan says she's not surprised by the claims by former ANC Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor, that she was offered the position on condition that she make a favourable business decision for the Guptas.
Mentor says she was told she would be appointed as Hogan's successor if she agreed to drop the South African Airways (SAA) flight route to India, which would be taken over by the Gupta linked Jet Airways.
Hogan says there have been talks of secret meetings with the Guptas for years.
"There was always talk of how many people were visiting them behind the scenes. I cannot tell you how much pressure I was put under to meet with Jet Airways, and I refused. I am absolutely not surprised that Vytjie Mentor is confirming this."
DISCUSSIONS OVER ZUMA'S RECALL 'NOT TAKING PLACE'
The ANC says the issue of how these latest developments impact the president should be left to the party.
It has an all-important National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend.
The party's Zizi Kodwa says discussions about Zuma's recall are not taking place within the party.
"At this stage we don't want to pre-empt a discussion because I don't think there's a basis to make that pre-emption."
Meanwhile, the Business Day is this morning reporting that Jonas received a threatening SMS shortly before releasing his statement.