Referring to evidence led in the state capture commission by witnesses, the report found that examples of Zuma removing people from their positions to serve Gupta interests included:
- Zuma’s decision to remove Themba Maseko from his position as CEO of Government Communications and Information System “because he was not co-operating with the Guptas” and to replace him with Mzwanele Manyi — now Zuma’s spokesperson;
- Zuma’s dismissal of minister Nhlanhla Nene “for refusing to work with the Guptas or for not being prepared to approve certain objectionable transactions or projects that President Zuma wanted him to approve”;
- the removal of Malusi Gigaba as minister of public enterprises after he was allegedly threatened with removal for his non-compliance with the Guptas;
- Zuma’s removal of Barbara Hogan as public enterprises minister to make way for Gigaba, “a minister of public enterprises who was linked to the Guptas”; and
- Zuma’s decision to replace Ngoako Ramatlhodi with Mosebenzi Zwane as minister of mineral resources despite Zwane’s dismal track record in the Free State government.
In a section of the report covering Eskom’s capture and its resulting downward spiral, the commission’s chair chief justice Raymond Zondo found that the Guptas had attempted to capture Eskom through Zuma’s help.
“When the Guptas had devised a scheme for the removal of certain executives at Eskom so that they would have them replaced by executives of their choice, President Zuma helped implement that scheme.”
This is a developing story.