Zwane's fate in Zuma's hands - Radebe

Minister Radebe said at a post-Cabinet briefing that President Zuma is dealing with the matter.

FILE: Minister Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Whether or not Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will be sanctioned for falsely stating that Cabinet had agreed to a judicial probe into the banks that stopped doing business with a Gupta-controlled company is up to President Jacob Zuma.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says Cabinet did not discuss Zwane's misleading statement when it met on Wednesday.

It was the first Cabinet meeting since Zuma returned home from two weeks abroad on government business.

Radebe was asked about the matter during yesterday's post-Cabinet briefing at Parliament.

He faced a number of questions about Zwane's announcement, which the Presidency swiftly repudiated in a statement.

Radebe says President Jacob Zuma is dealing with the matter.

"When he was answering questions in Parliament, the President on Tuesday indicated to the nation that he was dealing with this matter with Minister Zwane, so I think we should wait for the outcome of that discussion."

Radebe says the Hawks' intended action against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was also not discussed this week.

He says, however, that Cabinet has previously spoken out against statements from various ministers and the heads of state-owned entities, statements which he says have caused confusion.