Real state capturers using Guptas as scapegoats – Edward Zuma

2016-09-15 21:49
The Guptas are Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)

The Guptas are Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - The Guptas are being used as a scapegoat by those who have captured the state, President Jacob Zuma's son Edward Zuma said in an open letter on Thursday afternoon.

"We need to get answers as to who has captured the state for real, not mentioning the Guptas who have been made a scapegoat by the real capturers and cronies working hand in hand with the West."

Zuma said these "cronies" needed to be dealt with.

He added that those whom he views as having captured the state spend "sleepless nights planning and conspiring to remove our democratically-elected government through media houses owned by them".

Zuma said those who want to capture the state want "to eliminate us physically as we are a thorn in their plans to succeed".

"I will not be deterred from telling the truth about their filthy and dirty campaign which they do all over the world. I shall not be silenced through threats and blackmailing," he said.

Recent statements by Sipho Pityana indicate that Washington and London have paid money for results, said Zuma.

A speech by Pityana during ANC stalwart Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral sent shock waves through the country after he referenced the recent local government elections results as a touchstone for the lack of accountable leadership that saw the ANC lose three metros to the opposition.

Pityana said he had "painful conversations" regarding the organisation's response to the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla.

He expressed his disappointment at President Zuma's speech in reaction to the ruling that he had violated the Constitution.

"It sounded like the second Rubicon by FW De Klerk: He failed to rise to the occasion," said Pityana, in reference to the Rubicon speech given by PW Botha in August 1985.

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