JOHANNESBURG – Former Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi says the only way to clean up the crisis of the state being captured by the Gupta family is for President Jacob Zuma to resign.
Vavi claims he witnessed a meeting taking place between the Zumas and the Guptas before Zuma became president.
Vavi says Zuma’s son Duduzane and one of the Gupta brothers met with the president of Equatorial Guinea in that country in 2008.
He believes that could have been the beginning of the Gupta family’s involvement in state affairs.
Vavi has spoken out following revelations by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that he was offered the position of finance minister by a member of the Gupta family.
Vavi says the so-called business meeting between a Gupta brother and Duduzane Zuma during a visit to Equatorial Guinea – which was supposed to have placed focus on the alliance – has always worried him, and felt he too must speak out.
Earlier this month former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claimed she was offered the Public Enterprises Minister’s job by the Guptas on condition she would make a favourable business decision for them.
Vavi says the only way to deal with the matter is to call for fresh elections.
“In my view the rot has gone too deep, too wide. The entire leadership is responsible. Those who lined up themselves in a press conference to scapegoat the public servants should take responsibility for the mess we find ourselves in and step aside,” says Vavi.
Meanwhile, the Presidency is not responding to Vavi’s claims and the Gupta family has been unavailable for comment.