Edward Zuma and his wife

Edward Zuma and his wife

Listen: Investigate state capture and kick the Guptas out of SA, says Zuma junior

In an uncharacteristic departure from his normal ‘go Zuma’ cheering, the president’s son has said he actually supports calls for a commission of enquiry into state capture.

Edward Zuma and his wife

Edward Zuma and his wife

While his dad prepares to challenge former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report, specifically the mechanics of setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate those named; Edward Zuma chatted to Power FM — while staying true to his often absurd brainfarts — claiming he supports calls for a commission of enquiry into those named in the report, which would include his father.

Read: State capture showdown, Zuma prepares to challenge Madonsela’s report

Now, while Eddie’s opinions carry about as much weight as that of a toddler, it is interesting to see that the man who so often comes to his dad’s aid has taken the opposite stance this time around… if only for a few minutes.

Eddie’s comments come after allegations earlier this week that his dad had been involved in a plot by the Guptas, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and Eskom chair Ben Ngubane where they tried to help the family take control of a coal mine with a lucrative contract supplying Eskom. When then mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi tried to put a stop to the deal, the president fired him.

Read: Molefe had a hand in ‘helping’ the Guptas get their own mine, contracts with Eskom. Report

According to TimesLive, Zuma told the show’s presenter JJ Tabane that the Gupta family – who is quite cosy with Eddies brother Duduzane – should be deported from South Africa and that the commission of enquiry should get going.

“But your father‚ the president‚ is fingered as suspect number one in state capture‚” Tabane said.

“My father‚ being the president‚ doesn’t therefore necessarily mean he is immune to this and that,” Eddie then said, before quickly backtracking.

“The former minister is just dreaming. He wishes things were on his side… he is part of the problem. Ngoako Ramatlhodi is part of the problem… and we cannot solve the problem with someone who is part of the problem,” he said.

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