Cape Town - An extract from the book The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club revealing that Johann Rupert, one of the country’s richest men, is not happy with the country’s political leadership and the direction it is taking and is planning to leave, has drawn ridicule from Twitter users.
Rupert allegedly said the proximity of David Mabuza to power was something too heavy for him to stomach. The revelations come a few days after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that he was ready to appear before the state capture commission to provide answers on allegations that Rupert threatened to cripple the economy if former president Jacob Zuma removed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.
Some users expressed their worry since Rupert owns several companies that employ hundreds of people and pay massive taxes. This was while others said they could not wait for his exit and others called him “South Africa's breadwinner”, a term used to mock those with bullying behaviour against those who rely on them for survival.
Others saw the threat to leave as nothing but a scare tactic, saying Rupert would not risk leaving a country where he is allegedly operating without being constrained and settle in countries where there are strict laws.
Thokozani Zikode (@ZikodeThokozani) said Rupert was free to leave the country as early as now.