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Statement from Presidency Director-General Dr Lubisi on allegations about The President’s family and the Gupta family

Allegations have been made in the media, relating to the business relationship between members of President Jacob Zuma’s family and the Gupta family.

These allegations have also included interference in the work of the National Executive of government.

The Presidency rejects insinuations that the relationship impacts in any way on the President’s work in running Cabinet and the country.

The allegation that persons other than the President could have informed members of Cabinet and deputy ministers of the changes in Cabinet is preposterous. The President personally informed all affected persons of the changes to Cabinet after making his decision, in consultation with officials of the ruling party.

The President was also unaware that any Ministers or deputy ministers receive calls from any individuals who seek to influence decisions related to their portfolios, using the President’s name. If this happens as alleged, it is shocking and totally unacceptable.

The President strongly condemns such behaviour from whatever quarter it emanates from. No member of Cabinet or government official should be pressured by anybody in the manner in which they do their jobs.

Issued by Dr Cassius Lubisi, Director-General and Secretary of Cabinet

Enquiries: Zizi Kodwa on 082 330 4910.

The Presidency