South Africa 2.3.2017 05:00 pm

Guptas’ last bank falls: ‘Mafia state’ SA reacts

Twitter has no chill: Andile Mngxitama has been asked if his pay cheque is safe and mock concern has been expressed over Oros’ mortgage.

Following the news that India’s Bank of Baroda, which the Gupta family uses to run its affairs in South Africa, may also be closing their accounts to stay in keeping with banking law, South Africans took to social media to air their views.

Most were very dismissing of the family, though they also had their supporters.

Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa joked that Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane needs to up his game when it comes to protecting the Guptas.

He also joked that ANC Youth League president Collen Maine’s mortgage might be in trouble after reports that the Guptas have sponsored his house.

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EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was more scathing: “Bank of China closed their accounts, and now Bank of Baroda is closing their accounts, but we have Zombies campaigning that SA government must institute a commission of inquiry against SA Banks for closing the bank accounts of these corrupt business associates of Zuma.

“The Guptas are running a mafia state, a gangster state presided by their business partner and they will loot SA to nothing if we all fold our hands.”

One of the Guptas’ defenders theorised that the SA Reserve Bank had bullied the bank into taking action.

A Twitter user expressed mock concern that Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama might now miss a pay cheque. Mngxitama has long been accused of being on the Guptas’ payroll.

Mngxitama had earlier accused the media of publicising “imagined” Gupta corruption but being silent on the alleged corruption of companies his enemy Johann Rupert is involved with.

 

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