Durban – Calls by Johann Rupert for President Jacob Zuma to step down were lambasted by the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal who on Thursday called on the billionaire businessman to leave the governance of South Africa to the ruling party.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said in a statement the ANCYL would soon send a “strong message” to Rupert “to leave matters of governance to those elected”.
Sabelo’s comments follow Rupert’s reaction to a report on Netwerk 24 in which Zuma apparently alleged the business tycoon had flown back from overseas and met with a senior ANC leader to demand that the President reverse his appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister. Under pressure, Zuma relented and within a few days reappointed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.
In the comments section below the report Rupert said he had, in fact, been in the country attending a graduation ceremony at the University of Stellenbosch.
“Yes, for the sake of the children you, you should resign, please,” he wrote in apparent reference to Zuma.