Many are currently searching for answers on how the Gupta-owned ANN7 ‘predicted’ Zuma’s withdrawal of application for state capture interdict before a formal announcement.
In the early hours of today, President Zuma surprised not just the country but many ardent followers of the long-running state capture case across the globe, by announcing the withdrawal of his interdictory application.
It was, nonetheless, found that the Gupta-owned ANN7 Television announced Zuma’s withdrawal 15 hours earlier – just shortly after an argument on the publication and release of the report ended in court on Tuesday.
Gupta-Owned ANN7 Defends Announcement
Answering question on this, the ANN7 denied having an advance knowledge about Zuma’s intention. The media said it never knew what was on the mind of the president when the announcement was made, describing it as a coincidence.
Digging deep, the Television channel admitted there was a mix-up, adding that it mistook Zuma withdrawing his postponement application for his interdictory withdrawal.
Of course, no one is above mistake, but in this case, many South Africans argue there might be no element of truth in ANN7’s assertion – simply because the media is owned by the Guptas, who are under investigation for unduly influencing President Zuma and for having an advance knowledge of certain sensitive appointment of key officers in the country.
Nevertheless, the family’s fate in the case would soon be made known, according to EFF’s Malema. The EFF leader told reporters on Tuesday that the report would be released on Wednesday evening.
A look at former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture questions to President Zuma shows that Zuma’s son Duduzane was likely made a billionaire ‘overnight’ by the Guptas.
And that Zuma reportedly visited the Gupta family’s mansion at Saxonwold and ran into these people at different times: Vytjie Mentor, Mcebisi Jonas, Themba Maseko, Fikile Mbalula, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Essop Pahad, Aziz Pahad, Rob Davies, Malusi Gigaba, Ben Martens, Tina JoematPettersson, Mosebenzi Zwane, Des van Rooyen, Lynne Brown, Kebby Maphatsoe, Collen Maine, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Fana Hlongwane, Brian Molefe, and Dudu Myeni.
Notably, an investigation into the state capture was launched after some of the aforementioned politicians announced that the Guptas offered/told them about their appointments even before the presidency announced it officially.