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Accusations that billionaire Rupert part of ‘greater plot to oust Zuma’

The MK Veterans' Association has accused Johann Rupert of driving an anti-ANC agenda.

Billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Picture: Wikipedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC)'s Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association has accused billionaire Johann Rupert of being part of a broader conspiracy to oust President Jacob Zuma and says the plot is supported by some within its own ranks.

The association has lashed out at Rupert's call for Zuma to step aside saying he's displaying the arrogance of big business and his Remgro empire was built on apartheid policies.

It also says it intends to meet with a collective of former Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders who petitioned the ANC to call a special congress to deal with the party's waning credibility.

Association chairperson Kebby Maophatsoe says Rupert is driving an anti-ANC agenda.

"His utterances we view as unhelpful, arrogant and an expression of his sense of superiority over us. It perhaps expresses the feeling of big capital that the current policies of the ANC must not be supported."

Maophatsoe says he's part of a broader regime change conspiracy.

"It started with just a small thing of the Guptas, Mcebisi Jonas, Vytjie Mentor and we're not surprised to see Ronald Lamola. It shows you a clear plan by these people, including Johann Rupert."

He also says the petition from Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders was penned by disgruntled members and has been rejected by former soldiers.