Ralph Mathekga: Zuma likely to challenge state capture report and banks in court

President Jacob Zuma has defended the Gupta family and questioned the decision by South African banks to abruptly close all their accounts.

In his last Q&A session for the year in Parliament on Wednesday, he said the banks' decision needed to be investigated as "it does not look innocent."

702's Stephen Grootes spoke to political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, in an attempt to make sense of the matter.

The Gupta family has been at the center of state capture allegations due to their close business and personal relationship with Zuma.

He is defending the Gupta family and this is contrast to a position that has been taken by another member of his cabinet, that is Pravin Gordhan.

Ralph Mathekga, political analyst

Mathekga said he suspects that Zuma's comments forms part of a strategy that will see him challenge the State of Capture Report as well as the banks in court.

It goes beyond just defending the Guptas. I get an indication of a strategy how they will take the decision to court.

Raplh Mathekga, political analyst

Listen to the interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
WATCH: Zuma's last grilling session in Parliament for 2016

WATCH: Zuma's last grilling session in Parliament for 2016

MPs have tabled questions for Zuma to answer at his final Q&A - one of which asks about attempts to gag the state capture report.

Rare interview with Ajay Gupta lends credence to state capture claims

Rare interview with Ajay Gupta lends credence to state capture claims

The interview reveals a trail of lies by the Gupta brother known for being cosy with high-ranking government officials.

Oppenheimers accuse Guptas of interfering in OR Tambo luxury terminal project

Oppenheimers accuse Guptas of interfering in OR Tambo luxury terminal project

The recent reports have added fuel to claims of state capture over the business family's relationship with Zuma.

Madonsela report makes no adverse findings against Molefe - law expert

Madonsela report makes no adverse findings against Molefe - law expert

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is resigning, claiming the report's observations harmfully damaged his and the power utility's reputation.

Opposition hurls insults at Zuma during no confidence debate

Opposition hurls insults at Zuma during no confidence debate

Members of Parliament nearly came to blows after a heated exchange during the much-anticipated debate.

EFF: Zuma is going to 'kill' the ANC and its opponents

EFF: Zuma is going to 'kill' the ANC and its opponents

EFF's Deputy President Floyd Shivambu referred to President Jacob Zuma as a dictator who will kill his opponents as a last resort.

Popular articles
Standard Bank takes on Capitec Bank with low-fee account, gigabytes of free data

Standard Bank takes on Capitec Bank with low-fee account, gigabytes of free data

The account costs R4.95 per month; you get 1GB of free data. Swipe 4 times a month; you get 0.5GB of free data and R50 airtime.

'You can easily get a 15% total return from a share like MultiChoice'

'You can easily get a 15% total return from a share like MultiChoice'

Is there an investment case for MultiChoice? Arabile Gumede interviews Jacques Plaut, a Portfolio Manager at Allan Gray.

Huawei users in SA told not to panic over Android ban

Huawei users in SA told not to panic over Android ban

Google is suspending its business relationship with Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

ANC national executive committee finalising top jobs list for Parliament

ANC national executive committee finalising top jobs list for Parliament

Former National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise is expected to be the next speaker of the National Assembly.

[WATCH] Eusebius delivers emotional obituary for Kaizer Chiefs

[WATCH] Eusebius delivers emotional obituary for Kaizer Chiefs

The Glamour Boys lost the Nedbank Cup final to underdogs TS Galaxy on Saturday.

'It is very clear that Ramaphosa is under attack from Magashule and others'

'It is very clear that Ramaphosa is under attack from Magashule and others'

News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson says there is a definite fight back from the ANC secretary-general against the president.

Schwarzenegger urges public not to give Sandton 'fan' the attention he craves

Schwarzenegger urges public not to give Sandton 'fan' the attention he craves

A video of a young man kicking actor and former US governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the back on Saturday in Joburg went viral.