- Ngoako Ramatlhodi, former Mineral Resources Minister, says former president, Jacob Zuma, gave the Gupta family immense power in South Africa
- Ramatlhodi testified at the State Capture Inquiry that Zuma auctioned authority to the Guptas
- The former minister says he repeatedly advised Zuma against having a relationship with the controversial family
According to South Africa's former Mineral Resources Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, Jacob Zuma auctioned the country's executive authority to the Guptas.
Ramatlhodi testified at the State Capture Inquiry on the 28th of November and said he told the ANC national executive committee that the person who follows Zuma will have an empty office.
TimesLIVE reports the meeting with the NEC was called after Zuma was told in December 2017 to step down.
According to Ramatlhodi, Zuma wanted 6 more months and asked what he had done wrong.
We said the man must leave before he does any more damage. He wanted six more months. That's when we took the decision that we might have to remove him by force.
Ramatlhodi told the commission of inquiry that Zuma gave the Guptas shocking amounts of power in South Africa.
He believes it was Zuma who authorised a plane to carry the Gupta family's wedding guests and land in Pretoria.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramatlhodi confronted Zuma about the incident and warned him not to attend the wedding reception.
We told the president, 'Don’t attend that wedding' ... We told him, 'You don't do things like that, whether you knew or didn’t know, this is not acceptable.' We said it is unacceptable that a private jet carrying a wedding party from another country lands at our airforce base. We have fought for this base to be under our control.
The former minister says the Guptas used this incident to show off with how they captured the state.
We said don't grace this thing by going to the wedding. I had a feeling this could have not happened without his knowledge...What they were doing was to show off, to show they have captured the state, that they can land at an air force base when they are not the president.
Ramatlhodi claims he warned Zuma repeatedly about his relationship with the Guptas, which he called toxic.
He added that he refused to meet with any members of the Gupta family.
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