South African President Jacob Zuma and his affiliates look to advance their personal interests which will put South Africa’s constitutional democracy, formed 22 years ago, to face a serious crisis, former president Frederik Willem de Klerk alleged on Thursday.
The dismissal of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister last year and an ongoing vendetta against Pravin Gordhan is pushing South Africa closer to a “catastrophic” ratings downgrade, De Klerk, the last white president to serve for five years under the white minority rule, said.
Africa’s most industrialised country is allegedly facing corruption and undue influence by the Gupta family in political appointments following allegations by deputy finance minister Mcebisi that he was offered the finance minister job, according to Reuters.
Suggestions arose Wednesday that a family with close ties to Zuma may have been behind minister Nhlanhla Nene’s sacking in December.
The ruling party’s secretary general said “He’s not untouchable, he’s the president,” on Thursday in response to the allegations.
"Why should we see this as a crisis instead of a positive? It will embolden people to come to the fore... so we can find the business people who are tampering within the ANC (African National Congress)."