Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will question President Jacob Zuma this week over allegations he was influenced by the Guptas in making government appointments, her office said yesterday.
The controversial Indian family was put under the spotlight after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas dropped a political bombshell earlier this year when he said they offered to secure him his boss’ job.
Zuma admits the Guptas are his buddies but denies they have influenced his political appointments.
“We will hear his version of events and he may have information for us that we will need to consider against our own findings,” Madonsela told Business Day newspaper yesterday.
Presidency spokesman Bongani Majola confirmed the meeting would take place, Business Day said.
The chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, Sipho Pityana, yesterday became the latest business leader to call for Zuma to resign, calling him the “sponsor in chief” of corruption.
“Zuma must go,” Pityana said to loud applause from delegates at a mining conference. “We must seize the moment and save South Africa.”
Madonsela has already interviewed Finance Minister Gordhan, his predecessor Nhlanhla Nene, and Jonas. She will interview at least 20 other top officials and members of Zuma’s cabinet. Her report should be released by October 14, her chief of staff told Reuters.