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ANC must take action or refute claims - Business leaders

Mar 18 2016 07:59

Cape Town - In the run-up to an National Executive Committee meeting this weekend Business Leadership SA (BLSA) has called on the ANC to either act against those who made offers of cabinet positions possible, or refute the claims.

"The ANC as ruling party has a responsibility to either refute the claims of the Deputy Minister Jonas of offers of cabinet appointments, together with others who have made similar claims. If these claims cannot be refuted then steps must be taken against those who have made such offers possible," BLSA said in a statement, signed by business heavyweights Saki Macozoma, Bobby Godsell and Thero Setiloane.

BLSA said that it had taken note of a meeting of the NEC of the ANC this weekend.

"We call upon the ruling party to act quickly and decisively to restore confidence in the Office of the President; to protect South Africa's constitutional democracy; and to promote the rule of law and the well-being of all South Africans,” it said.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed on Wednesday that the politically connected Gupta family offered him the job of minister.

Reports surfaced at the weekend that Jonas was called to a meeting with the Guptas and offered the job two weeks before then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was removed.

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