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‘MKMVA proud to do business with the Guptas’

MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe says the relationship with the Guptas is voluntary.

Atul Gupta. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) military veteran's league says it is "proud" to do business with the Gupta family, and believes they are being targeted by big business for their support of transformation of the economy.

It's defended the Guptas, saying the influence of billionaire's such as Johann Rupert runs deeper than the influence of the controversial family.

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association(MKMVA) says the Guptas have organised jobs for former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldiers.

MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe says the relationship with the Guptas is voluntary.

"Now that they say that the Gupta family is beginning to enter into that space, which is why they created this bad animosity that the people must then begin to take the Guptas as the enemy of the people."

Meanwhile, Former MK commanders raised concerns about the perceived Gupta influence, and have asked for clarity around the reshuffling of finance ministers by the president, while three stalwart foundations wrote a letter to the ruling party.

The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela foundations issued a joint open letter, appealing to the ANC national executive committee to take action to restore confidence in the party.

The league has accused the leaders of conniving with the former MK commanders and billionaire Rupert to oust Zuma.