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Zuma with Atul Gupta. Source: Twitter @rdm_za.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africans have been gripped by revelations in the State Capture Report… that reveals heroes and villains, and uncovers certain irregularities.


The document compiled by Adv Thuli Madonsela, and released today by the office of the Public Protector, is a whopping 355 pages long… prompting one Twitter user (Culprit) to say: “355 pages?… I’ll wait for the movie.”

Luckily the Democratic Alliance (DA), has narrowed it down to the following bullet points:

• President Zuma improperly and in violation of the Executive Ethics Code, allowed members of the Gupta family and his son, Duduzane Zuma, to be involved in the process of removal and appointment of the Minister of Finance in December 2015;

• Deputy Minister Jonas was offered a job by the Gupta family in exchange for extending favours to their family business;

• Minister Van Rooyen – who replaced Minister Nene – can be placed at the Saxonwold area on at least seven occasions including on the day before he was announced as Minister;

• That between the period 2 August 2015 and 22 March 2016, Eskom CEO Brain Molefe has called Mr Ajay Gupta a total of 44 times and Mr Ajay Gupta has called Mr Molefe a total of 14 times;

• The Eskom board was improperly appointed;

• Zuma and the Executive failed to take action to verify Ms Mentor’s allegations, as well as Mr Maseka’s allegations, as well as regarding the alleged cozy relationship between Brian Molefe and the Guptas;

• President Zuma and other Cabinet members improperly interfered in the relationship between banks and Gupta owned companies;

• President Zuma improperly and in violation of the Executive Ethics Code used his position or information entrusted to him to enrich himself and businesses owned by the Gupta family and his son to be given preferential treatment in the award of state contracts, business financing and trading licences;

• The South African people were prejudiced by the conduct of President Zuma, in not following up on Jonas’s allegations;

• Minister Zwane’s trip to Switzerland was irregular;

• Eskom’s awarding of the coal contract to Tegeta was irregular;

• That government advertising was deliberately channeled to the Gupta’s newspaper, the New Age;

• That the President may have been in breach of his legal duties in failing to investigate these matters or put act against them.

The ANC party has said: “The ANC will study the #StateCaptureReport & issue comment on it tomorrow, 3rd November 2016.”

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In a statement, released by the DA, its leader Mmusi Maimane says: “Jacob Zuma should do the honourable thing and resign… The Zuma presidency has been a blight on South Africa – only his resignation can help repair the damage he has caused.”

Maimane said the findings of corruption and improper influence all point “directly to President Zuma, Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas” and that Zuma has behaved in a way that is “completely dishonourable and unbecoming of the nation’s President.”

The DA says it welcomes the remedial action which requires the President to appoint, within 30 days, a commission of inquiry headed by a judge selected by the Chief Justice.

If Zuma does not resign, there is still the DA’s Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma which will be debated in Parliament within a few weeks.


Read the full State Capture Report