Cosatu calls for Zwane to be removed

Cosatu says that it wants Minister Zwane removed for putting the Gupta family's interests ahead of SA.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it's worried that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is more concerned with serving the interests of the Gupta family than those of the country.

Yesterday, Cosatu joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC) in demanding that urgent action be taken against Zwane after he claimed last week that Cabinet had recommended a judicial inquiry to investigate why banks withdrew their services from companies owned by the Gupta family.

Following Zwane's claim, the Presidency distanced itself from that statement saying it was not true.

Yesterday, Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla joined the ANC and the SACP in demanding that President Jacob Zuma take strong action against Zwane.

"We want him removed from the position. If it was according to Cosatu, they would want him removed but of course we'll leave that to Cabinet and the president. But at the end of the day we're calling for him to be disciplined."

But political analyst professor Lesiba Teffo says he's not expecting any action from the president.

"I'd think he's on safe grounds. The mildest he could get would be just a slap on the face (sic). There are so many ministers who have been on the wrong side of the law."

But if Zuma fails to act, it could appear as if he is ignoring a demand from all of the organisations in the tripartite alliance, Teffo said.