Analysts view Ramaphosa's speech as a ‘separation from Zuma’
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech is 'telling'.
CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech blasting State capture is seen by political analysts as placing clear blue water between him and the president.
Ramaphosa was addressing an African National Congress (ANC) event in Sandton yesterday.
His comments come as Zuma says he sees no reason to distance himself from the Guptas because of allegations against them.
The Guptas, with whom Zuma's son is in business, is accused of using their political connections to influence government decisions and cabinet appointments.
While the president is seen to be defending his relationship with the Guptas, Ramaphosa has come out strongly against State capture, suggesting the way it's dealt with will be a defining moment for the country.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the deputy president's speech is telling.
"The deputy president was probably advised to ride on this and take a rather principled and aggressive stance."
Analyst Daniel Silke, meanwhile, says the issue of state capture will influence the ANC's leadership contest.
"He's able to use this issue almost immediately to set his own agenda for the coming leadership battle."
The Gupta family's influence over the government has been thrust into the spotlight after deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed the family offered him Nhlanhla Nene's job before Nene was fired as minister.