It is glaring that the cold war against the influential Guptas family has gradually hopped almost to the zenith. The family’s name has continued to make waves across the country as many have asked the family to leave the country following their prominent ties with President Zuma.
Some political figures have also accused them of using their closeness to President Jacob Zuma to effect a “capture of the state”.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members walked out of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature during a question and answer session on Tuesday.
Prior to their premature exit, Premier David Makhura and MEC were seen answering questions from members of opposition parties.
While the session lasted, the freedom fighters, who took the opportunity to ask each department if they have had any dealings with Gupta family-owned businesses alleged that speaker Lentheng Mekgwe was defending the African National Congress (ANC) and the heavily connected Guptas family.
One by one, EFF members in the house asked a number of Members of the Executive Council if they have ever awarded tenders to Gupta-owned companies, including advertising in The New Age and on Africa News Network7 (ANN7).
Education‚ human settlements and the treasury departments said they have not used Gupta-owned business to procure any services.
But, the department of transport on Tuesday replied in the affirmative to the freedom fighters question‚ stating that the department has used the services of a Gupta-owned business by buying advertisement space in The New Age newspaper to the value of approximately R58000 in the 2014/15 financial year.
The advertisements were placed for a freight summit for the October transport month as well as a siting indaba.
Moving on, Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu answered a question about the rebuilding of a West Rand clinic, which was burnt down by residents in 2013.
But Mahlangu’s reply led to the disruption of the proceedings. The EFF’s Mandisa Mashego alleged that the Mahlangu implied the party had something to do with inciting arson.
What followed next was an argument which broke out between speaker Mekgwe and EFF’s Mashego .
The latter was then told to leave the house as she would not be allowed to take part in the rest of the session.
Meanwhile, the EFF has welcomed the decision of the University of Free State Council to adopt English as the sole language of instruction.
UFS students held several demonstrations demanding that the institution drop its dual language policy of English and Afrikaans, in favour of English.