Zuma addresses nation

DA thinks Zuma’s hiding something about minister Zwane and the Guptas

The Democratic Alliance seems to think there’s something fishy about the appointment of mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane… the same man who pushed for a judicial inquiry into why the banks booted the Guptas.

Zuma addresses nation

The DA’s still not convinced that the Gupta family and Zuma aren’t embroiled in an attempt at capturing certain sectors of the government; specifically relating to minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane.

The president was sent a written question asking whether he had in fact visited the Guptas just before appointing Zwane and whether the infamous family had any impact on the appointment.

Never one to disappoint, Zuma dodged the question, saying that the Public Protector is investigating allegations of state capture by the Gupta family. The opposition, always ready to capitalise on a whiff of controversy, said Zuma’s outright refusal to answer the question means he’s hiding something.

 “It does indicate that the president was there and had he had to admit that it would led to a whole lot more questions,” DA MP MP James Lorimar said.

A few weeks ago Zwane went on record saying cabinet collectively decided that a judicial inquiry into SA’s largest banks’ decision to cut the Guptas off was necessary; a statement that turned out to be false, as the presidency denied the whole thing.

Lorimer said Zuma’s refusal is a pretty clear indication that he’s scared of telling the truth.

“He’d have to come up with some sort of plausible explanation as to what he was doing there at that particular time and what the connection was to the appointment shortly thereafter of Zwane as minister.”

 “Who made the decision to appoint Zwane as minister of mineral resources, was is, in fact, the Gupta family or Zuma?”