President of Business Unity South Africa (Busa) Sipho Pityana has accused President of the Black Business Council (BBC) Sandile Zungu of being complicit in what he describes as the many years of corruption, mismanagement and ethical collapse in the country, saying he had a hand in state capture.
In an open letter published by the City Press, Pityana writes the following:
"The BBC of your era brought utter shame to many of us who consider ourselves upright and scrupulous black professionals and business leaders.
...When Jacob Zuma took office as the country’s president, you, [Mzwanele] Manyi and a few others sought to take over Busa in order to reposition business to prop up his agenda. In what was its most progressive step, Busa nailed its commitment to transformation by electing a successful black business woman, Futhi Mthoba, who was nominated by the black women’s auditing profession. She in turn appointed the first black woman chief executive of the organisation, Nomaxabiso Majokweni. Just at that time you broke away and re-established BBC as a separate business formation – ostensibly because Busa was anti-transformation.
Many of us who saw through your opportunistic agenda, refused to join you and instead supported the new black female leadership that beat you in an open and democratic election.
Manyi’s and your agenda soon became clear as you were appointed [Jacob] Zuma’s economic adviser and served on his committee on the restructuring of state-owned enterprises and the BBBEE Council among many structures he established and deployed you to. This undoubtedly placed you at the high table of the state capture project."
The two joined Karima Brown on her show to hash over Pityana's claims.
I am angry and rightly so. How is it that somebody who has blemished all of us by insisting on being a leader of black professionals and black business, and being central in the design and shaping of the morass that has happened in this country as an economic adviser to President Jacob Zuma, having advised him on the restructuring of SOEs and played other roles in that dispensation.— Sipho Pityana, President - Business Unity South Africa (Busa)
We know that allegations about his own alleged corrupt dealings, his partnerships with Duduzane Zuma; business partnerships with the Guptas... if he is going to assume a position of leadership of black business, then he owes us an account of what role he played, is he ethical? That is the essence of what my letter says.— Sipho Pityana, President - Business Unity South Africa (Busa)
Zungu has dismissed Pityana's claims including allegations that he had dealings with former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane.
He says I insisted on leading the BBC, I was invited to come and lead the BBC and I am enjoying the task and we are really turning the corner, hence the anger of the likes of Pityana. Jealousy.— Sandile Zungu, President - Black Business Council
He says I was economic advisor to Zuma, I never was. That is his creation. He says I advised him to restructure SOEs, please name one or two of them. The problem with Pityana is that he is an unthinking dumb head, unlike his brother who thinks. He says I have alleged deals with Duduzane and Guptas, please name them.— Sandile Zungu, President - Black Business Council
I am one of the most ethical business leaders and if ever he has got concerns and he feels that someone has got to testify at the Zondo commission, please go there and I will be invited or subpoenaed.— Sandile Zungu, President - Black Business Council
Zungu says if he or the organisation is ever invited to testify the state capture inquiry, they will gladly do so.
I suspect that such a need will never arise because there is no basis for it.— Sandile Zungu, President - Black Business Council
People like Pityana are just purveyors of untruths and for personal agendas. Sipho Pityana is a failed diplomat, a failed civil servant and a failing entrepreneur. He just cannot understand why young people are succeeding and he wants to compete with their success... he must just smell the coffee, come back to his people and stop being an Uncle Tom.— Sandile Zungu, President - Black Business Council
Click on the link below to hear the full exchange....