Rupert cries ‘thief!’ while Mkhwebane claims innocence
It was another eventful week in the state capture saga, with businessman Johann Rupert, a favourite target of the “white monopoly capital” brigade, setting the tone with his claim that radical economic transformation is just code for theft.
Later, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found herself in trouble again. A Reserve Bank affidavit showed she had met President Jacob Zuma and the State Security Agency before releasing her infamous report on changing the mandate of the bank. She claimed, after admitting to the meetings, that there was nothing irregular about them.
The High Court in Pietermaritzburg threw a spanner in the works of the ANC succession race when it ruled that the province’s conference that elected a Zumasupporting leadership was irregular.
Auditing company KPMG apologised for “failings” in its work done for the politically connected Gupta family. It followed PR firm Bell Pottinger’s similar apology recently.
And Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi said the R3-million she blew on imbizos was money well spent.
In the Eastern Cape, a mother was freed on R500 bail after stabbing to death a man she found raping her adult daughter.