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'Mosebenzi Zwane wasn't discussed when Cabinet met on Wednesday'

Jeff Radebe faced a number of questions about the matter when briefing media at Parly earlier today.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in the National Assembly during the Presidency’s budget vote on 4 May 2016. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane's breach of protocol was not discussed when Cabinet met yesterday.

Radebe faced a number of questions about the matter when briefing media at Parliament earlier today.

Zwane was repudiated by both the Cabinet and the Presidency after falsely claiming it had been agreed to recommend to President Jacob Zuma that a judicial inquiry be launched into the banks that stopped doing business with the Gupta family.

Zwane's statement about a possible probe into the banking sector caused shockwaves, South Africans were then told he had acted in his personal capacity.

Asked repeatedly today whether Zwane had been called to account by Cabinet for this breach of protocol, Radebe had this to say:

"I've explained it, that it was not discussed at Cabinet."

Radebe referred to Zuma's reply in the National Assembly on Tuesday when he said he had taken up the matter with Zwane.

Radebe denied members of Cabinet were afraid to have their say in Cabinet.

He's also revealed that Cabinet is complying with a subpoena from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for information including Cabinet ministers' declarations of interests that is linked to her probe into allegations of state capture.

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