Cape Town 230212 President Jacob Zuma at the African National Congress Centenary Memorial Lecture on the second ANC President Sefako Mapogo Makgatho deliveried by the ANC President Comrade Jacob Zuma . The event was held at the Hood Hope Centre Western Cape. pidture : neil baynes Reporter : Xolani

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma promotes corruption by urging businesses to support the African National Congress for personal gain, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Monday.

“It is shameful for the president of South Africa to make such a statement which amounts encouraging corruption, at a time when South Africa is plagued by this curse,” IFP deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said in a statement.

“Simply put, the president was telling business people that the only way in which they could guarantee business opportunities and prosperity in this country is by joining the ANC.”

He said it was clear the ANC was no longer about serving the country. Instead, all unscrupulous business people whose mission was solely self-enrichment would now definitely join the party.

“The IFP calls on the business community in this country not to be party to any programme which promotes corruption. In addition we call on the ANC to distance itself from this unfortunate statement or else admit that they are paying lip service to the fight against corruption, which threatens to sink our country.”

The Sunday Times quoted Zuma as saying that businessmen who supported the ANC would see their fortunes multiply.

“We're not forcing people... You can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, and if you're a businessman, your business will multiply,” Zuma reportedly said at the ANC's 101st anniversary gala dinner in Durban on Friday night. - Sapa