Tuesday, December 15, 2015



Floyd Shivambu 

Many people in South Africa, including the country's Senior leaders in the ruling party, in government and private sector are still wondering as to why Nhlahla Nene was abruptly removed as Minister of Finance without any sound explanation by Mr. Jacob Zuma, who has foregone the right to be called President. 

Many people are left to speculate as to the real reasons why Nhlahla Nene was removed, yet no one can pinpoint the exact reasons as why the Minister of Finance was removed. This is shocking because all evidence is there for anyone to see. The reason Nhlahla Nene was removed was to open space for the looters, the Gupta led criminal syndicate, to loot State resources for private enrichment. 

The reality is that for sometime now, South Africa has been under the management of a criminal syndicate masquerading as genuine business people, headquartered in Saxonwold. The criminal greedy and ruthless syndicate is called Gupta family. The existence of Gupta family is not a fictional imagination, it is a reality that exists and has de facto colonized South Africa for sometime now, with Zuma being the Chief Colonial Administrator. 

The Guptas have established a solid network inside the ruling party, the ANC and have disproportionate, actually decisive influence on what happens in the ANC and the State it administers on their behalf.
The Guptas posses lots of cash and run South Africa's State machinery in a manner that seek to benefit them and the puppets they have in the State at national and provincial levels. In their network of influence, they have premiers of the Free State and North West provinces, ministers, chairpersons and CEOs of State Owned companies, and also have control over many critical decisions that will financially benefit them and the puppets they control. 

The first and last time anyone spoke about the disproportionate influence of the Guptas in the ANC was in the 2011 launch of the ANC Local Government elections manifesto, when then ANC Youth League President Julius Malema said, right in front of Mr. Zuma that South Africa's democracy is “not a democracy of families; this is a democracy of the people of the country. When families are exploiting the resources of this country and are enriching themselves in the name of freedom, when those in political office abuse their power to benefit friends, the youth must rise in defence of the ANC." That call is relevant today, and the call is to all South Africans to rise in Defence of South Africa.

From there on, the attitude of Mr. Zuma, the colonial administrator of the Gupta empire took a dramatic turn, such that he never addressed even one meeting of the ANC Youth League National Executive Committee under the leadership of President Julius Malema. As Youth League Leader, President Julius Malema was privy to the reality that the Guptas would call individual members of the ANC National Executive Committee to tell them which Ministerial position has been given to them prior to the official announcement by their puppet, the colonial administrator, Mr. Zuma. Fikile Mbalula was told by Atul Gupta that he is going to be Minister of Sports before Zuma announced the decision. We all know what happened to the leadership of the Youth League, and such is not a point to decry because that led to the dialectical and necessary formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters, which fearlessly fights against all forms of corruption.

Since the dissolution of the Youth League and replacement with a desk which has no sense of what is happening in South Africa, the Gupta family was left to operate freely with no real internal opposition. They took over the ruling party's real decisions, including bankrolling the re-election of Mr. Zuma as President in the 2012 National Conference. In that way, the Gupta empire tightened the screws on their control of the ANC, the State and intensified means defined by impunity and gross corruption.

In the Free State Province, the Guptas introduced programmes through Mosebenzi Zwane, which amount to millions of Rands, corrupted Ace Magashule, partnered his son on a business in a same way they did with Jacob Zuma's son. They took charge of the South African Airways, and even decided on basic things such as SAA Newspaper subscription so that their lousy Newspaper, the New Age is the most distributed and paid for newspaper in SAA platforms, including their check in counters, lounges and flights. They opened offshore accounts for their corruption beneficiaries, including that of the philandering Minister who thoughtlessly displays the fact that he has additional income from no additional work.

In 2010, the Guptas had managed to appropriate the mining Licence of Kumba Iron ore, effectively hijacking the mining rights of a company which was supposed to convert the Licence from old order mining rights to new order mining rights. Imperial Crown Trading (ICT), an entity which is partly owned by Duduzane Zuma, the son of the colonial administrator Zuma, and the Guptas tried to frustrate Kumba iron ore through a Court case, which they lost at the Supreme Court of Appeals in 2013. Of course the Guptas lost the court case because they have no respect of the law.

The decision to replace Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was taken in Saxonwold, and as a matter of fact, the presidential convoy was in Saxonwold the day before Zwane was announced as a Minister of Mineral Resources. Zwane is appointed as Minister of Mineral Resources in order to allow the Gupta empire to have control over mineral rights and policy in a manner which will benefit the family and puppets. In his previous role as MEC in the Free State, Zwane had excellently served Guptas interests through a dairy project which the provincial government paid millions for, and never materialized, and is subject of investigation by the Public Protector. Zwane is a also a political extension of Ace Magashule, the Premier of the Free State who accounts in Saxonwold, and has introduced his son to the Gupta family as partner of one of their businesses. 

The Guptas' entrance into the media space through The New Age, ANN7, and SABC is also an attempt to colonize the minds of all South Africans. The New Age and ANN7 are bankrolled by Government departments and entities, with the Free State government spending millions of Rands on Gupta media platforms. The SABC has been pushed into an unexplained cooperation with The New Age for a television breakfast show, which in terms of basic media business laws cannot be co-hosted with owners of a rival television station. The compromised and semi-literate SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng even appears on the rival ANN7 Awards ceremonies alongside the colonial administrator because Saxonwold said they should be there. 

In a recent blog writing, Alec Hogg tells of a story of how Atul Gupta instructs Mr. Zuma around. Hogg says "While in Davos, I met an Indian newspaper editor who proudly informed me he had interviewed my country’s President. After smiling at my surprise, he told about recently accompanying an Indian Business delegation to SA. At one of the cocktail functions he made small talk with Atul Gupta, head of Sahara Computers, proprietor of the New Age newspaper and, via his shell ICT, attempted hijacker of the Sishen iron ore mine’s mineral rights.
The way my new acquaintance told the story, he mentioned to Gupta how he would love to interview Jacob Zuma (wouldn’t we all?). No problem, said the New Age bossman, and a few minutes later the surprised editor heard the South African President being instructed to make time for this interview. The astonished Indian newspaperman duly got his face time with Zuma. But wondered privately to me at the influence of Atul Gupta who was able to swing something so difficult with such ease". 
This is just one of the many illustrations of how influential and controlling the Guptas are on the President and everything he does. The Guptas are the only ones who recurrently transports the president in private cars to their compound to instruct government ministers and SOCs officials to take decisions in their favour.

Now, the reason why Minister Nhlahla Nene was removed and replaced with Des van Rooyen is because Saxonwold said so. Van Rooyen is not an elected leader of any organization, and a political extension of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, who is as rapacious as Ace Magashule and Mr. Zuma and part of the colonial administration of the Guptas. Geographically, the paltry political contributions of Van Rooyen happened in Gauteng where he was a Mayor in Merafong, yet it was the Premier of the North West who went around justifying Des Van Rooyen after the disastrous decision to make him Finance Minister for 5 days by Mr. Zuma. The person who introduced Van Rooyen to Zuma is Supra Mahumapelo, the Premier of the North West, because like Ace Magashule with Mosebenzi Zwane, and David Mabuza with Intelligence Minister David Mahlobo; Mahumapelo also needed his political extension in a senior cabinet position. 

But why did the Gupta empire use their colonial administrator Zuma to take over National Treasury? There are three fundamental reasons and they are: 

1) Nuclear Deal: 

Mr. Zuma has since announced that the SA government intends to construct nuclear power station, which will cost the State more than R1 trillion to finalise. In September 2015, the Financial Mail reported that "
This week, Oakbay released its annual report, in which chairman Atul Gupta argued that nuclear energy is the way to go. A hike in nuclear demand would boost Oakbay, whose main asset is Shiva Uranium, 165km southwest of Johannesburg, which it bought in 2010 and revived.
Gupta said even though uranium isn’t well understood in SA, countries like China, Russia and Brazil are powering ahead with nuclear plans.
“Nuclear energy is the key to meeting the exponentially increasing [global] energy demand over the next 20 years with clean power,” he said.
Gupta said Oakbay was “in the ideal growth market and uranium is the place to be”.

The reality is that Minister Nhlahla Nene argued very correctly that South Africa cannot afford Nuclear power stations as such will cause a massive fiscal crisis. For that Nene was removed and replaced with a powerless Van Rooyen, whose role would be to ask how high whenever instructed to jump.

2) The R4 billon Jet.

Mr. Zuma wants to purchase a R4 billion jet, not because he wants to fly in an expensive and safe jet, but because the actual cost of the jet is less than R500 million and the supplier of the jet was going to be companies associated with the Guptas. They are already leasing jets to the Presidency like the one used by Mr. Ramaphosa in the recent past visit to Japan. When purchased for R4 billion, massive bribes were going to be reserved for the Gupta empire and puppets. 

National Treasury under Nhlahla Nene correctly illustrated that such a purchase is not necessary and will add to a fiscal crisis.

3) SAA

The Gupta family has interest in the South African Airways and their intentions go beyond the contracts they intend to have with the airways. The ultimate intention is to cause huge debt for the airways and ultimately buy it as a private Gupta airways. 

As part of National Treasury interventions in SAA, Nhlahla Nene and the ministry has set key targets for SAA to achieve as part of its recovery plans and an absolute majority of those were not reached. As a matter of fact, Treasury had drafted a cabinet memorandum in which change of leadership was recommended and this meant that Dudu Myeni would no longer continue to misguide SAA, and this was going to disrupt the looting intentions and aspirations of the Guptas and their puppets. 

These and many other private criminal syndicate intentions are the major causes of the financial crisis caused by Mr. Zuma. Any person with a brain knows beyond any doubt Mr. Zuma (Number 1) gave a go ahead for the Gupta plane to land at the Waterkloof airbase. That is why the person who was blamed for the landing was later promoted by Zuma to an ambassadorial post.

When Van Rooyen was made Minister, he immediately appointed Ministerial advisors, whom he had introduced to the senior management of National Treasury. It is a fact that majority of senior managers in National Treasury indicated that they will leave if such goes ahead, and that is the main reason why the decision to reappoint Pravin Gordham came about, because now Zuma was made to understand that if National Treasury senior management resign in huge numbers, the financial crisis was going to deepen to unmanageable levels. The bank executives who met Zuma feel like they influenced him to change the decision, but the fact is that the patriotic staff members in National Treasury coiled Zuma's evil intentions.

These are hardcore and open facts, and we challenge the Presidency and anyone who is mentioned here to factually dispute what we have said. The reality South Africa, is that our country has been hijacked by a criminal syndicate which works with Mr. Zuma to maximize private financial interests. The ruling party is incapable of resolving this crisis because most of their senior leaders are compromised and cannot do or say anything. We have to stand up and close down the Gupta colonialists, whose greed will bring about a massive crisis. All major banks in South Africa have been downgraded because they are holding accounts and monies generated through Gupta corrupt means.

South Africans must stand up against rapacious looting of state resources. Commentators and analysts who say Zuma is not a fool are fools themselves. How do you explain actions of a leader who cuts his nose to spite his fate expect to say such is foolishness. How do you explain someone who destroys his organization and trust amongst his senior colleagues on the altar of looting state money? South Africans must never equate con men and tricksters to intelligent people. 

We should never agree as this generation to be puppet mastered as if there are no rules and principles that governs this country. We call on all South Africans to stand up against the Gupta kleptocratic syndicate because we will soon be left with no country. Now that their National Treasury capture has failed, they will resort to other means of looting. They control the majority faction in the ANC, and they have already said who their person of the year is through some bogus awards ceremony. We should not be afraid, we should fight to decolonize South Africa from thieves. 

Floyd Shivambu is EFF Deputy President 


Unknown said...

Comrade Floyd we are truelly in trouble in SA. Can u shed more light my comrade who is this Philandering Minister who has additional income from no additional work? As long as i live i will make sure that my vote goes to EFF to make my humble contribution to the collapse of these thiefs.

Thapelo Rapotu said...

Next election ,EFF we vote

Neo Tsumane said...

Thank you for that information...keep on enlightening us.

Anonymous said...

I a white lady from Cape Town. The more I read Floyd's writing, the more I want to join the EFF, I believe we are all in trouble, and the EFF is the only party that can change that.

Anonymous said...

I'm a card caring member of the ANC but I'm sick of this nonsense,we can't even pay for our children's tetiary fees and yet people are stealing money on daily basis,we're strugling and suffuring,not that that we want tenders but a normal and affordable life in a democratic country.

Sizwe Mziwest said...

The philandering minister it is Melusi Gigaba

Anonymous said...

It is high time that the voters of SA should be educated to vote with their brains and not the rhetoric of their hearts. For 20+ years the ANC has been sending the people and this beautiful country to hell, while fattening themselves. As for the Guptas - Waterkloof let the cat out of the bag - and now we know!

Anonymous said...

Melusi Gigaba....mmmm....is that the reason for the Gupta's diplomatic passports

Anonymous said...

Zuma must fall! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTvc0HI3Mjc

Smarties said...

Excellent piece!

Anonymous said...

Indeed this is the only party that can save this country. Welcome home figher

Anonymous said...

The only political party that can lead this country is EFF. We are tired of the recent government. EFF must save us from this mess