Delivering a keynote address at Sanlam offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Tuesday night, ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize pleaded with business communities, not to desert the ANC in the face of the party’s challenges and freefalls.
Mkhize’s plea follows the unstable and downward movement of South African business policy and infighting between state institutions, including the growing fracas between embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and elite investigation unit – the Hawks.
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Speaking further, the top ANC official urged his listeners to come forward and help the ruling party re-build the economy and tackle its systemic problems, including poverty and unemployment because the government can only move the country forward when it’s in good rapport with the private sector.
The event was attended by many business investors, moguls, and captains of industry, including mining mogul Patrice Motsepe.
ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize added: “We need to come together and compare notes and share ideas. We might know that we are all living in one country but we need to be able to constantly remind [each other that] we are all in this together.
There isn’t anything that should affect you that we should not be worried about. Sometimes you need a crisis to discover that you need each other.”
While the event lasted, some business investors expressed disappointment with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s recent comment. Zwane had on Friday announced that cabinet had resolved to launch a judicial inquiry into banks that shut down business accounts of the Gupta family.
The minister is said to have ties with Guptas. He reportedly played a role in the private jet carrying guests for a Gupta wedding in Sun City, landing at Waterkloof Airforce Base in 2013.
Although President Zuma is yet to announce his decision on whether to fire Zwane or not, many political parties, including the ANC, ACDP, EFF and many economic experts have asked Zuma to discipline the ‘reckless’ minister for his rash and uncalculated statement.