Don't victimise people coming forward about the Guptas, Cosatu warns

2016-03-19 17:22
Atul Gupta and his nephew were appointed as advisers by former Lesotho prime minister Tom Thabane. PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla

Atul Gupta and his nephew were appointed as advisers by former Lesotho prime minister Tom Thabane. PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla

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Johannesburg – Cosatu's deputy general secretary, Solly Phetoe, has said government should make a decision about Mcebisi Jonas' announcement that the Guptas offered him the job of minister of finance.

Speaking to News24, Phetoe said it was worrying the Gupta family had “captured the government”.  

Government should be focused on the implementing measures discussed during the budget speech and the State of the Nation Address, and deliver services to workers and the poor who were waiting for delivery, he said. 

Phetoe also said anybody who had revealed that the Gupta family had offered them ministerial positions should not be victimised.  

On Wednesday, the deputy minister of finance confirmed the family had offered him the position of finance minister shortly before Nhlanhla Nene was removed in December.

Former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, said on Facebook on Tuesday that the Guptas offered her the job of public enterprises minister in 2010 before Barbara Hogan was removed from the post.

She said President Jacob Zuma led her out of the family's Saxonwold home afterwards.

In an interview with Power98.7 on Thursday night, she said the terms were, "Assist with SAA not running the Indian routes anymore... you will become a minister in a week".

Phetoe said he couldn’t comment on the outcome of the national executive committee meeting this weekend as he was not a member.

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