Reports: Zuma defends his friendship with the Guptas... again

The SABC has been tweeting on comments made by the president on the side-lines of his visit to France.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - It's being reported that President Jacob Zuma has again defended his controversial friendship with the Gupta family.

A UK correspondent for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been tweeting on comments made by the president on the side-lines of his visit to France.

The African National Congress (ANC) and Zuma in particular have come under fire over recent claims by former and current government officials that they were offered government jobs by the Guptas.

The SABC reporter in France says he asked the president about his relationship with the Gupta family.

He says Zuma replied that he doesn't see a problem with the friendship and remarked that there are other people who are closer to the family.

However, he gave no hint as to who he was talking about.

Last week's admission by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that he was offered Treasury's top post sent shockwaves through the country, prompting an ANC inquiry into the influence of the family.

WATCH: Jonas: The Guptas offered me a finance minister job.


A collective of former ANC military commanders say they are outraged by recent political developments within the ANC, which include the removal of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, the public spat between the Hawks and Pravin Gordhan and verbal attacks on the deputy finance minister.

The commanders include former head of the South African National Defence Force General Siphiwe Nyanda, Mavuso Msimang, Mongezi India, Moe Shaik and Snuki Zikalala as well as several other prominent Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) leaders.

Together they've called for the ruling party to convene a special national congress to elect new leadership - and confront what they say is the diminishing quality of ANC cadres.

In it, the MK commanders say they did not hesitate to shed their quota of blood while fighting for South Africa's liberation.

But they now feel that the party's nation building project has been compromised, and a climate of fear and helplessness over what the future holds now reigns.