While the ANC and Jacob Zuma continues to protect the Gupta family and its interests, the list of senior party members who’ve either been approached directly by the Guptas or been removed from positions because of them is growing longer by the day.
Let’s have a look at all the current whistleblowers and affected parties according to either their own admissions or external accusations.
- Coming in at number one is Vytjie Mentor. The very first senior ANC member to say that she was approached by the Gupta family and offered a cabinet position which she refused… while Zuma sat in the next room.
- Second and perhaps the person without whom the entire process would never have started is deputy finance minister — although you can bet after telling the ‘truth’ Zuma will be quick to silence him — Mcebisi Jonas. Jonas admitted to being offered ex-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s job by the Guptas, two weeks before Nene was even fired…
- In third place, there’s Themba Maseko, who served as the CEO of the GCIS and was personally asked by Zuma to “help the Guptas” in whichever way he can. He was fired after refusing.
- Then there’s former CEO of Eskom, Zola Tsotsi, who also came clean about alleged Gupta influence while he was in charge of our embattled power supplier.
- Fourth we have none other than Lindiwe Sisulu, who the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu alleges was removed as minister of defence after refusing to dance to the Guptas’ tune. Sisulu hasn’t confirmed this and it’s unlikely that she would… she’s one of Zuma’s fiercest supporters.
- Then there’s Barbara Hogan, who has confirmed that there were dealings with the Guptas before she stepped down as public enterprises minister — the job the Guptas offered Vytjie Mentor –.
- Finally we’ve got minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, whose advisor went on record saying that he also had some uncomfortable and compromising run-ins with the Gupta family.
Seven so far, but we’d bet the list is bound to grow longer as time goes by.
source: The South African.com