DA wants Madonsela to investigate Gupta job offer saga


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reportedly asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate allegations that the government connected Gupta family influenced decisions in the choosing of cabinet ministers.

On Wednesday evening, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed he was offered the position of Finance Minister following a meeting at the controversial family’s Saxonworld home, while former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor alleged in a series of posts on Facebook that President Jacob Zuma was present in a different room when the Guptas offered her the post of Public Enterprises Minister in 2010.

Also on Thursday, a spokesperson for Public Works and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, revealed he was invited to a social by the Guptas shortly after his appointment as Mineral Resources Minister, but that he declined due to work commitments.

Both Zuma and the family have denied the allegations with the President reaffirming to Parliament yesterday that no minister was ever appointed by the Guptas during his tenure in office.

“After laying criminal charges against Atul and Ajay Gupta yesterday, it is our view that the Public Protector is most appropriately suited to deal with the matter at hand in relation to President Zuma,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

He added that the party would request Madonsela to determine whether the President exposed himself to a situation involving a conflict of interest between his private life and government responsibilities, using his position to enrich himself or profit other persons, and acting in a way to the detriment of his office and credibility.

“South Africa cannot afford to have the Gupta family using the South African government to further their own business interests. It cannot be that President Zuma’s close ties to one family are overlooked when these ties result in undue influence over government business”.