'Cabinet not influenced by businesspeople'

2011-03-03 11:23

Cape Town - The cabinet has expressed "shock and dismay" at media reports alleging that its decisions were influenced by business people, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

"Media reports alleging improper and undue influence by the Gupta family over members of the cabinet were noted.

"Cabinet expressed shock and dismay at the insinuation that its decisions are influenced by businesspeople or their commercial interests," said Manyi.

He was addressing a post-cabinet meeting media briefing in parliament.

He said the cabinet was guided by the constitution, the country's laws and its code of ethics in the execution of its duties.

Cabinet "strongly condemned" the use of the names of the president and cabinet members in the pursuit of private business deals, he said.

"(Cabinet) urges those who may be doing so to stop this practice."

The Sunday Times this week reported that a revolt was brewing in the ANC and its alliance partners against the influence of the Gupta family over President Jacob Zuma and his government.

The newspaper said it understood that the Guptas' role in influencing the appointment of CEOs and chairpersons in key state-owned enterprises was recently raised at an ANC national working committee meeting and would be formally discussed at its next gathering in a week.

ANC deployment committee members revealed at a meeting last Monday that new Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, believed to be favoured by the Guptas, had been appointed by the cabinet without their say.

The Gupta brothers - Atul, Ajay and Rajesh, also known as Tony - are said to wield so much power that they often summon cabinet ministers and senior government officials to their family compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.

The Guptas, through family spokesperson Gary Naidoo, dismissed the allegations as "rubbish" and said they were an attempt to "denigrate" Zuma and his office.

Manyi said that every South African and "legitimate legal persona" from anywhere in the world had the right to conduct business in South Africa.

  • OB1 - 2011-03-03 12:02

    Ironic that Manyi now wants us to believe his strong compliance with ethics - the man stole from Meeg Bank, was invovled in the bread price fixing scandal and tried to bribe the Norwegians - he is as rotten as they come and now preaches ethics...does cabinet really think we are that dumb to believe all their convicts, including Zuma?? Manual and Pravin for a honest president

  • crocoros - 2011-03-03 12:04

    Who knows? There is so much back biting, slandering, bickering, covering up of what cabinet members do that we are so removed from the truth and facts, that we have to look at our government as a joke. Everything thus far has been covered up, if you are an asset to the govt to do as you are told you are okay, if you don't do as you are told you get the boot. It's a case of "you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours" We really do not have a true democracy. It may be so on paper but the people that supposed to implement it, is so far from what democracy really means.

  • listen up - 2011-03-03 12:11

    - " the cabinet was guided by the constitution, the country's laws and it's code of ethics " - What a laugh - the ANC flout every one of those principles on a daily basis.They would'nt recognize ethics if it poked them in the eye. Tell us another one you deluded incompetents.

  • Johnathan - 2011-03-03 12:14

    You should be shocked. And then fix the problem. Not be shocked and then "reject" the accusations. I have news for you, ANC, "rejecting" something doesn't mean that it's not true! You could "reject" the instructions not to jump into the shark tank, but that doesn't mean that you're not going to be eaten!

  • ps - 2011-03-03 12:16

    How can they be shocked if cabinet members themselves are business people doing business with government?

  • Vickerman - 2011-03-03 12:21

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha.....isnt it just so funny how "shocked and dismayed" they are??? Im sure they are falling over themselves to get the Information Act pushed through asap to save themselves such embarressments in the future... Is it just me or are the wheels starting to come off this rolling circus????

  • Barthol - 2011-03-03 12:26

    Oh please. The assualt on the reputation of this family was so severe in Sunday times - you with have thought they are serial killers, murderers and rapists. Terrible ! It Completely smacks of a DRIVEN AGENDA. Better things are written of Mugabe and Gudaffi who actually kill people in their countries.

  • JC - 2011-03-03 12:30

    Jimmy the clown made a funny! I am positive they are not "influenced'", but they are definitely up for sale to the highest bidder. When the words "moral rectitude" get mentioned, they reach for a dictionary - to burn it!

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-03-03 12:30

    So who believes anything the arrogant, racist Manyi says? What a lousy choice for a govt. spokesman. He knows very little about honourable business practices and even less about politics. Off with his head!

  • dougalan - 2011-03-03 12:32

    Manyi is THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE ANC??? Ha ha ha frikkin ha! The man himself is a message of doom to the ANC. Who would want to be represented by THAT?

  • GetitRight - 2011-03-03 12:40

    @Manyi...You said the cabinet was guided by the constitution, the country's laws and its code of ethics in the execution of its duties. What are you guided by when making racist statements and when promoting your personal business interests for which you were placed on long leave whilst a DG of the Department of Labour? You are CORRUPT! Would love to know what your are guided by....alot of people think there is an "over surplus" and "over concentration" of Xhosas in the Eastern Cape. What do you think? Come now Manyi....we would love to hear from you. Start off like this : Dear Trevor,

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-03 12:47

    So much of believing from this fool

  • ebukoos - 2011-03-03 13:02

    Leave Manyi alone: he has more potential to entertain the nation :-)

  • Morgan - 2011-03-03 13:09

    First Manyi slates the Indians for bargaining their way up, now he is defending the Gupta's family.....What a joke!!!!!

  • Tash - 2011-03-03 13:23

    Now Manyi the monkey is quoting the constitution and ethics from a person who is racist and tried to procure business from a diplomat.

  • Hugh Jarce - 2011-03-03 13:30

    Jacob Zuma's son works extremely hard trimming Gupta's hedges and cutting his grass on weekends. He deserves some recognition.

  • Democracy - 2011-03-03 16:04

    Lol they might be guided by the constitution, but they can change the constitution whenever they want. Trial-By-Jury, the only system which secures democracy, and which (or was until government arbitrarily abolished it) is enshrined in the constitution, was abolished here in South Africa in 1969 (In countries where they still practice it, judges pervert the rules of this process by for e.g stating that the jury is not allowed to judge the law itself). That's how government can pass any law they wish, such as these tolls in Gauteng or the racist laws during apartheid. People need to wake up and realise we live in an autocracy here in South Africa, not a democracy (The right to vote does not mean this is a democracy).

  • v3 - 2011-04-26 11:57

    Expressing "shock and dismay" and being caught out is not the same as disproving the allegations. Why else would business people be "investing in the ANC" to use Mbeki's phrase, quoted by President 783? These days, one assumes that the ANC is lying.

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