Cape Town - Cabinet ministers' planned engagement with South Africa's top four banks on behalf of Oakbay Investments shows the Gupta family controls the government, said Congress of the People (Cope) amid mounting discontent among opposition political parties over the move.
This comes after Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said three cabinet ministers were to hold meetings with South Africa’s four big banks to find out why they decided to close the bank account of the Gupta-owned company.
“What more evidence do we need that the Gupta family controls the government?” Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement. “It is unheard of for cabinet ministers to become directly involved in a dispute between banks and a private company.
“For Zuma and the Cabinet to have decided on appointing three ministers to intervene on behalf of the Guptas is unprecedented. Will any other company get exactly the same support in similar circumstances?”
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also joined the fray, saying it rejected Cabinet's narrow intervention into “private affairs of the Gupta family”.
“What this means is that the South African government has deployed its ministers to go and resolve private business problems of the Gupta family – a family whom Mr Zuma has confirmed are his friends.”
The EFF called for the strengthening of laws that deal with financial crimes.