Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has reiterated that the fate of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is in the hands of President Zuma, as he is the only one who can either sanction or dismiss him.
Radebe made this known during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Prior to the crucial meeting, the minister in the presidency told reporters during a post-Cabinet briefing at Parliament that President Zuma is handling the matter. He, thereafter, advised all and sundry to hold on until Zuma states the fate of the minister.
“When he was answering questions in Parliament, the President on Tuesday indicated to the nation that he was dealing with this matter with Minister Zwane, so I think we should wait for the outcome of that discussion,” he said.
Earlier this month, Zwane, raised some dust after he issued a statement; calling for the establishment of a judicial inquiry into the closing of the Gupta family’s bank accounts.
The now-embattled minister; who claimed that the statement was issued on behalf of the cabinet also demanded an immediate and prompt action against the banks that shut down the accounts of South African-Indian business family – the Guptas.
Following the comment; President Jacob Zuma; the ANC; the SACP; Economic experts and analysts; and other financial organizations distanced themselves from Zwane’s misleading comments.
The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa condemned the minister’s actions; which he said brought the country into disrepute and sent shockwaves through the markets. He called on Zuma to deal with the “arrogant” minister by firing him.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) added its voice to calls for Zwane to be fired. ACDP leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe described the minister as “irresponsible” and insisted that he must be punished for undermining the cabinet.
Zwane is said to have ties with the 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.