Maimane: ANC using Treasury to benefit Guptas

Maimane says the ANC-led government is abusing resources intended to benefit all South Africans. He says Gigaba is part of the problem.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane during an exclusive interview with EWN. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of using the Treasury for the benefit of the Gupta family and he's calling on Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to be fired.

Maimane was speaking at a picket of about 200 of the party's members outside the Treasury offices in Pretoria on Thursday.

Maimane says the ANC-led government is abusing resources intended to benefit all South Africans.

“Too many people in our country are poor, too people many are unemployed, while the ANC is kicking Treasury backwards and forward as though it is a football that they can control for the purposes of the Guptas.”

He says Gigaba is part of the problem.

“Gigaba must go, we must make sure we protect Treasury and we protect the resources of people of South Africa for the people of South Africa.”

Maimane handed over a memorandum before the crowd dispersed.

Two months ago Eyewitness News reported that leaked emails between the Gupta family and their employees apparently show how the family obtained business from government.

The City Press newspaper also reported that the family pulled favours with senior officials with a plan to move President Jacob Zuma and his family to Dubai.

The newspaper said the emails reveal how the controversial family lured senior government officials to take over departments and state-owned entities.

The paper reported that the content of the emails include a draft letter from Zuma addressed to Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in which he asks for patronage in his bid to make the United Arab Emirates a second home.

Mineral Resource Minister Mosebezi Zwane was also featured in the emails. His CV was apparently sent to the Guptas for consideration two months before being appointed to the position.

A week earlier, a group of academics released a report explaining how Gigaba helped set up a network centred around operations by the president and the Guptas to re-purpose state institutions.

_Additional reporting by Sifiso Zulu _

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)