‘Zuma traitors like Ju­das’

Mthethwa blames white cap­i­tal Says back­stab­bers driven by money And Gup­tas get­ting crumbs

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ARTS AND Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa yes­ter­day charged that some se­nior ANC lead­ers were traitors who have be­trayed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma the same way Ju­das Is­car­iot de­ceived Je­sus Christ. Mthethwa said those back­stab­bing Zuma were driven by money.

He also leapt to the de­fence of Zuma’s con­tro­ver­sial friends the Gup­tas, say­ing the fam­ily only re­ceived crumbs from the econ­omy.

“Ju­das took the money to be­tray Je­sus. Some of our com­rades have been bought. You see this when a com­rade is out of con­trol to talk badly about the ANC and its pres­i­dent,” said Mthethwa.

Mthethwa, a close Zuma ally, was ad­dress­ing an ANC cadres fo­rum in Mol­weni town­ship, west of Dur­ban. He said while some se­nior ANC lead­ers – call­ing them­selves 101 vet­er­ans – were busy at­tack­ing Zuma, they were miss­ing the big­ger pic­ture, which was white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

Mthethwa de­nied that the state had been cap­tured by the Gup­tas, and ar­gued that the con­cept should be traced back to the times of Ce­cil John Rhodes, whose legacy could be linked to the cur­rent white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

He added that for the SACP lead­ers to re­ject the ANC and Zuma’s views on white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal, they were deny­ing the Jo­han­nes­burg Stock Ex­change’s reve­la­tion that black peo­ple con­trolled only 3% of the coun­try’s econ­omy.

“So you say peo­ple who own 97% do not ex­ist. Our own com­rades are say­ing that. They even sweat say­ing that,” he said. “Peo­ple are petty. They are fight­ing Pres­i­dent Zuma, and they are los­ing (sight of) the big­ger pic­ture. They want the big­ger part of the econ­omy to con­tinue to be in the hands of white peo­ple,” Mthethwa said, adding that the Gup­tas were shar­ing only 3% of the econ­omy.

“Why chase a lizard when there are croc­o­diles? The whole na­tion is made to fo­cus on 5% and for­get about the com­pa­nies that have been get­ting big con­tracts from the gov­ern­ment for the past 40 years,” he said.

Mthethwa said that un­like the cur­rent crop of SACP lead­ers, party lead­ers such as Moses Mab­hida and Wal­ter Sisulu worked tire­lessly to de­fend the ANC.

The Gupta fam­ily have come un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure in the wake of leaked emails which showed how they and Zuma’s son Duduzane were in­ter­fer­ing in the ap­point­ment of se­nior of­fi­cials in the gov­ern­ment and their busi­ness deal­ings.

Mthethwa’s com­ments dif­fered from those of an­other Zuma sup­porter, Ekurhu­leni mayor Mzwandile Masina, who told Zuma at the week­end that the Gup­tas needed to give them space to work.

SACP spokesper­son Alex Mashilo ac­cused Mthethwa of be­ing delu­sional for think­ing that the SACP has not crit­i­cised white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

He said the party had ini­ti­ated the strug­gle against all forms of state cap­ture. “Nathi Mthethwa must have been sleep­ing when the SACP was lead­ing cam­paigns against large sec­tions of mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.”

He said that if Mthethwa felt the Gup­tas owned the crumbs of the econ­omy, they were still “bet­ter off than the peo­ple who own noth­ing”.

“Nathi Mthethwa must be con­cerned about our peo­ple who were op­pressed un­der apartheid who own noth­ing in this econ­omy. But the Gup­tas have be­come South Africa’s top bil­lion­aires. That is not a crumb com­pared to mil­lions of our peo­ple who live in shacks and have noth­ing,” said Mashilo.

Mthethwa’s sen­ti­ments came as for­mer ANC trea­surer Mathews Phosa launched an­other sting­ing at­tack on Zuma’s ANC and the gov­ern­ment, say­ing the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee had to be dis­solved to res­cue the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Our peo­ple have lost con­fi­dence in the ANC. The scan­dals are higher than Mt Kil­i­man­jaro. To build the ANC we must go back to the branches and unite them,” he said.

“Empty prom­ises of qual­ity san­i­ta­tion, hous­ing, elec­tric­ity, em­ploy­ment and clin­ics leave the peo­ple im­pris­oned in a state of poverty and shack­led to a life of chal­lenges. While gov­ern­ment lead­ers spend mil­lions on lin­ing their own pock­ets they for­get the cries of the peo­ple.”

Phosa told a crowd of about 200 peo­ple at KwaM­fundo High School in Khayelit­sha dur­ing the Oliver Tambo Memo­rial Lec­ture that the ANC needed to re­store the val­ues of its long­est-serv­ing pres­i­dent.

Seven branches of the ANC in the Cape Town metro have of­fi­cially thrown their weight be­hind Phosa, en­dors­ing him as their pre­ferred can­di­date to suc­ceed Zuma.

“I agree to stand as a can­di­date. I did not de­cide on my own but was nom­i­nated,” Phosa said, adding that his vi­sion for South Africa was to “re­build our coun­try by putting the needs of the peo­ple first and stand­ing in sol­i­dar­ity across all racial and po­lit­i­cal di­vides”.

NOM­I­NATED: Mathews Phosa gets back­ing to suc­ceed Zuma.

‘DELU­SIONAL’: Nathi Mthethwa came un­der fire from the SACP.

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