SACP joins call for action against Minister Zwane
The minister claimed that Cabinet recommended an inquiry into the banks which closed the Gupta’s accounts.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says that to regain the confidence of South Africans, President Jacob Zuma should do more than just release a statement distancing himself from Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane's stance on the major banks.
Last week Zwane issued a statement saying Cabinet had recommended a judicial inquiry into four banks which closed the Gupta family's accounts.
The presidency then released its own statement saying the minister's statement calling for a probe into the banks' decision on the Gupta family was issued in his personal capacity.
The SACP says that although it does not want to prescribe to Zuma what further action needs to be taken against Zwane, the president should apply his mind.
Spokesperson Alex Mashilo says: "Once the president announces he has taken action, the public will begin to believe that he really views this matter in a serious light."
"He also has to listen to the interview between Gwala and the spokesperson of the minister [then] he surely will find good grounds to take further action."
He says in reference to recent events, Zuma has grounds to take further action.
Mashilo has condemned Zwane's behaviour, saying that as a Cabinet minister he cannot be advancing the private business interests of the Gupta's.
LISTEN: Mineral resources spokesperson speaks on the judicial inquiry into the banks