- Fikile Mbalula says that he is ready to explain Jacob Zuma's allegations against him at the state capture inquiry
- This comes after the former president accused Mbalula of having met with businessman Johann Rupert
- Zuma says that Rupert threatened to shut down the economy if he got rid of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that he is willing to appear before the Zondo Commission once again to respond to allegations made against him by Jacob Zuma.
Zuma alleges that Mbalula met with billionaire Johann Rupert and that Rupert threatened to crash the economy if Zuma got rid of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister.
While speaking to journalists, Mbalula said that he would neither confirm nor deny the claim at this stage but would speak about it at the state capture inquiry if necessary.
"I've learnt that if you are implicated or people raise your name it's not advisable to speak on Twitter or anywhere else," Mbalula told the media. "It is to speak at that platform."
The Transport Minister added that he would have no problem explaining any allegations made against him at the Commission.
Additionally, Mbalula later joked about Zuma's claims on social media. In a tweet, he wrote, "[I] am important chief. Wait till I write my book, I'll tell it all."
Rupert is one of the wealthiest men in South Africa, with a nett worth of R91.67 billion. However, he has repeatedly dismissed claims that he exerts such extreme control over the economy, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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