South Africa’s embattled Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has brushed off President Jacob Zuma’s warning over his statement calling for the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the termination of financial services to Oakbay Investments (Pty) Ltd.
Replying to a written question from DA MP David Maynier, the defiant Minister insisted that when he issued the controversial midnight statement, he did not “speak in his personal capacity, but in his capacity as Chairperson of the IMC”.
The controversial minister also stuck to his guns; that the banks that severed ties with the Guptas must be probed by a judicial inquiry. Zwane’s attitude subsequently got Members of Parliament infuriated. To rub salt to their injury; he bluntly refused to admit that he was wrong in issuing the statement.
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The embittered MPs thereafter called on President Zuma to take urgent and appropriate actions against the stubborn minister.
Zwane’s obstinance at the National Assembly directly flaws President Zuma’s counter-statement; which denied that neither he nor the cabinet instructed the minister to release the so-called judiciary inquiry statement. Zuma subsequently cautioned him for the statement and said he made it in his personal capacity.
On September 1, 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.
Not only that, he also claimed that the statement was issued on behalf of the cabinet and demanded immediate and prompt action against the banks that shut down the accounts.
Mosebenzi Zwane was the agriculture MEC in the Free State; before he was towered into the cabinet in 2015 as mineral resources minister. He replaced former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi who is now at Public Service and Administration.
He 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.