Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina told President Jacob Zuma to tell the controversial Gupta family to allow the governing party, African National Congress (ANC) to do its work and refrain from interfering in the ANC-led government.
Masina was addressing delegates at the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) fifth elective conference held in Boksburg.
“Comrade President [Jacob Zuma], let’s request the Guptas to give the ANC space to conduct the revolution. We do not mean to choose friends for leaders of the ANC, but there is a limit to everything,” said Masina.
“People died in the ANC and for this country…we cannot surrender the sovereignty of the ANC and the revolution in this particular process. We want to also appeal to deployed cadres in the ANC to assist as we go through this difficult period…we know that you have friends in higher places, but all of us are required to be disciplined to ensure that we rebuild the ANC.”
He added that the younger generation in the governing party does not want to inherit a “disorganised ANC”.
Meanwhile President Zuma has called on the members of his party to stop the in-fighting and unite to avoid handing the advantage to its opponents.
“We must unite and close ranks and find solutions to the challenges we face,” Zuma told veterans of the ANC’s military wing. “We cannot afford anymore self-inflicted pain.”
The ANC has become increasingly divided over Zuma’s leadership in recent months due to a string of corruption scandals, diminishing public support and economic instability caused partly by a cabinet reshuffle in March.