For the sake of our children’s future, please resign. This is an
appeal to President Jacob Zuma from billionaire Johann Rupert, who was
responding to reports that Zuma told a meeting of the ANC’s national executive
committee that Rupert flew in specially from London to South Africa in December
to scheme behind Zuma’s back.
This allegedly happened after Zuma decided to replace Finance
Minister Nhlanhla Nene with Des van Rooyen on December 9 last year.
A few days later, Van Rooyen was replaced by Pravin Gordhan. Zuma
was reportedly persuaded to do so by senior party leaders and a delegation of
Zuma had offered to resign as the president of the ANC on the
weekend, according to a report by the Mail & Guardian yesterday. Members of
the ANC’s NEC were quoted as saying that Zuma said they should tell him straight
out if he should resign, rather than stabbing him in the back.
Rupert is one of the first high-profile businessmen to speak out
strongly about Zuma, the ANC’s failure to act against him and the direction the
country was moving.
In his comment, Rupert implored President Zuma to “step aside and
go back to your ANC branch”, especially if Zuma believed that he flew from
London to South Africa to meet with a senior ANC leader and to demand that the
appointment of Van Rooyen was reversed.
He said that, if Zuma’s information had not come from the Guptas,
and if his information was correct, he would have known that Rupert was
attending the graduation ceremony.
“How could I, therefore, fly back? Yes, for the children’s future,