Billionaire entrepreneur, Johann Rupert has dismissed claims that he allegedly threatened to "shut down the economy" if Pravin Gordhan was removed as finance minister. Rupert claims that Jacob Zuma, who accused him of the plot, is a pathological liar.
Former president Jacob Zuma claims that Johann Rupert was behind a plot to shut down the economy and diminish the value of the Rand if he were to remove Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister.
The businessman has summed his views on the matter up with one, simple word - 'mythomaniac'.
Essentially, Rupert claims that the ex-president is a pathological liar, someone afflicted with “an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating”.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma had allegedly been tipped off to this supposed plot by Fikile Mbalula, who had been attending an event of one of Rupert's farms.
Mbalula has remained mum on the situation, refraining from commenting but hinting that a tell-all book on the matter may well be in the pipeline.
The Citizen reports that, if Rupert's claim is to be believed, Jacob Zuma could be in line for serious consequences.
The former president made the accusations at the Zondo Commission, under oath, and could be tried for perjury if found to have been dishonest about any of the numerous claims made before the inquiry into state capture.
Zuma is currently on his second day of testimony before the Commission.
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