The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Leader Bantu Holomisa has called on the National Assembly to thoroughly investigate the relationship between the Guptas family and South African government.
This statement was contained in a letter he sent to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete. Holomisa cited in his letter that the “widely reported proximity” between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family needed urgent action “by an appropriate national legislative body”.
Holomisa also detailed a number of media reports that have outlined the alleged influence of the controversial family on government. He alleged that the disturbing reports have really been a source of worry and threat to the already devastated economy of the country. More so, the reports further undermine the confidence of both local and international investors.
Part of his letter reads: “The reported transactions… exposes that critical and strategic industries are targeted for influence and capture by this family and its associates, chief among others being the son of the president.”
He therefore called on the Honourable speaker to back up the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence in conducting hearings based on reports and allegations against the controversial Gupta family.
Furthermore, Holomisa opined that Members of parliament seemed obliged to the Gupta family and their television shows. As such, they tend “to be paraded during breakfast shows… directly, yet our public broadcaster [SABC] gets zero and all the millions go to the Gupta family”.
Moving on, Holomisa said: “The capture and control of the Cabinet by this family has since gone beyond the breakfast shows [funded by State Owned Enterprises]. Today the nation knows that, recently, the Minister of Mineral Resources accompanied this family to Switzerland to help snatch yet another coal mining deal.”
In South Africa, it is no news that the New Age newspaper, [a media company] owned by the Guptas, consistently holds morning briefings with members of the Cabinet. Holomisa also told Mbete that some members of Cabinet were “publicly undermined and embarrassed”. Thus, he called on Cabinet members to have a re-think.
Also, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has demanded that the Guptas family leave South Africa entirely. He said this during the party’s briefing weeks ago. He also intimidated the family’s workers and ordered them to back off from EFF and it’s activities.
Though the heavily-connected family dragged EFF to court, Malema said EFF would continue to criticize the Gupta family. “We must respect the courts. But the courts can’t stop us from saying that we don’t love the Guptas. We don’t want their curry,” he said.
While the case lasted in court, a member of the family also presented to the court a live news report showing EFF members shouting “Shoot Zuma, shoot the Guptas” outside the Constitutional Court during Nkandla case.
Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) said South Africa is running the risk of being carried away by Gupta family news and missing the important thing, which is the economy. Speaking, the ruling party’s Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the obsession has seen Zuma’s son, Duduzane, being mentioned along with Guptas family.
On Tuesday, while speaking at SONA debate, Holomisa had called on president Zuma to “Place the unity and interests of the nation first and vacate the office with dignity.”
“Give us the mandate to deal with your resignation with dignity,” he said.