Black First Land First (BLF) will protest outside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s offices today, the day she is interviewing President Jacob Zuma regarding allegations of state capture by the Gupta family.
Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segwale, said yesterday: “The public protector is meeting the president [on Thursday]. The meeting forms part of the public protector’s so-called ‘state capture’ investigation.”
The Citizen has already published a story showing some insight into the developments in Madonsela’s investigation, with a leaked letter in which businessman Fana Hlongwane claims the Guptas did not offer Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas a ministerial position. Madonsela’s office has acknowledged receipt of the letter. She also informed journalists that she interviewed Ajay Gupta on Tuesday.
BLF founder and former EFF member Andile Mngxitama, who is now a major Zuma supporter, said the protest being on the day Madonsela interviewed Zuma was “a coincidence”.
But he said BLF believed the Gupta state capture investigation had been “pre-judged and she [Madonsela] has taken her political side”. Mngxitama said there was a conspiracy against Zuma for regime change “which seeks to use the investigation laid by the DA against the Gupta family for this purpose”.
BLF is demanding a response from Madonsela regarding a similar complaint – pertaining to state capture – presented to her office against Johann Rupert, Maria Ramos and seven others, who apparently form part of the investigation she is conducting involving the Guptas.
BLF said both complaints were exactly the same, lodged more or less at the same time “with the significant difference being that the Guptas are not white and Rupert and the others are white”.
Mngxitama recently told The Citizen that because of Zuma’s “Look East” policy, which involves close association with the Guptas, “white capital is threatened and angered that the Guptas are becoming participants in our economy, more so in mining. So that’s why they have engineered the whole Guptas must go and Zuma must also go.
“If Julius Malema and all of them say the Guptas must go, how come they have never said Lonmin must go? The Western narrative has captured everybody, including the victims, where we’ve been told the enemy is Zuma by our enemy, and we believe it.”