President Jacob Zuma dared ANC NEC to recall him at their three-day meeting where the ANC decision-making body discussed the allegations about the Guptas influence on South Africa’s government.
This is based on a Sowetan Live report which related that ANC NEC members who attended the meeting revealed that Zuma dared ANC NEC to recall him because he was emboldened by the superior number of NEC members who support him.
One of the ANC NEC member who pleaded to remain anonymous reportedly stated that Zuma told the ANC’s national executive committee – “If you want to recall me, you can go ahead. I will step aside and go to my branch.”
Among other things, it was disclosed that President Zuma told the executive committee that his son Duduzane got a breakthrough from the Guptas after he was recalled as the deputy president in 2005 and establishments refused to employ his son.
He claimed that former President Thabo Mbeki appointed the Guptas as members of his economic advisory council; but that he, unlike Mbeki had never made the Gupta family participate in government.
And that he was introduced to the Guptas by former minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad.
Pahad as gathered, denied introducing the Guptas to Zuma yesterday when he commented saying “it’s not true that President Zuma was introduced to the Guptas by me.”
Also, Another member of the executive committee narrated that Zuma defended the Guptas alleging that certain ANC leaders are being controlled by big business.
According to the NEC member, the President told the ANC decision-making body that when he appointed Des van Rooyen as finance minister, billionaire Johann Rupert flew in from London and met with a senior ANC leader demanding the reversal of the decision.
Gupta-owned media, The New Age highlighted similar claim when it published that the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa received a call from Rupert.