Could South Africa Be Really In A Tight Grip of the Guptas

Could South Africa be really in a tight grip of the Guptas? The Gupta family, widely known as the “Guptas” in the South African media, is an Indian-South African family whose business empire spans across technology, media and mining. The Gupta family originates from Uttar Pradesh, a state located in Northen India. Google+

The Gupta brothers and Duduzane ZUmaIt has been reported that the earliest known venture into South Africa by the Gupta family was the establishment of Sahara Computers and Sahara Systems (Pty) Ltd in 1994. The companies were founded by Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta. As of 2016 the Gupta family business empire includes; Oakbay Resources and Energy, Shiva Uranium Mine, Tegeta Exploration and Resources, Westdawn Investments (Pty) Ltd t/a JIC Mining Services and Black Edge Exploration as well as TNA Media (Pty) Ltd which owns The New Age Newspaper and the African News Network (ANN7).

The Gupta family is known for its business ventures in South Africa but they are perhaps best known for their relationship with the incumbent president Jacob Zuma. It has been reported that Jacob Zuma first came into contact with the Gupta family back in year 2003 while he was vice president of South Africa during the Thabo Mbeki tenure.

The place was the Gupta owned Sahara Estate in Saxonwold in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The three brothers (Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta) had come to South Africa some ten years earlier (1993) after their father (Shiv Kumar Gupta) sent Atul to South Africa, believing that Africa was about to become the “America of the world” – the world’s land of opportunity, as reported by the BBC.

The years that followed saw Jacob Zuma emerge from the shadows as a provincial leader turned vice-president, a frequent mention at the Schabir Shaik trial, defendant in a high profile fraud case, defendant in a rape case and African National Congress (ANC) leadership contender. Through it all the newly forged relationship endured and in less than five years Jacob Zuma became the leader of one of the biggest and most important organizations in African politics (the African National Congress). On May 9, 2009 Jacob Zuma became the 4th President of the Republic of South – this marked the start of his first term in office and on May 7, 2014 he was re-elected to his second and final term as president.

It can not be disputed that the relationship between the Guptas and the Zumas have a relationship of sorts; Bongi Ngema-Zuma, one of the president’s wives, used to work for the Gupta-controlled JIC Mining Services as a communications officer. Duduzile Zuma, Jacob Zuma‘s daughter, was a director at Sahara Computers and Duduzane Zuma, Jacob Zuma‘s son, is a director in some Gupta-owned companies.

Jacob Zuma is a very important and a very influential figure among his peers;however, the people that surround him in the African National Congress are no less so. Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the most powerful and wealthy businessmen in South Africa, his wife (Dr. Tshepo Motsepe) is the sister of one the wealthiest men (Patrice Motsepe) in the world. The others high up in the ANC include Gwede Mantashe, Baleka Mbete, Zweli Mkhize and Jessie Duarte. Below these people are more important figures in the ANC, in South African politics, in the South African business community, in the South African justice system, and all the way down – the chain of command in long and intricate.

Essentially the claims that the Gupta family controls South Africa and all the important decisions suggest that all these people are standing by trembling in their boots at the mention of the names Zuma and Gupta. South African itself has numerous people and families that perhaps have more power than the Guptas could ever dream of having. The Shoprite kingpin; Christoffel Wiese, former De Beers and Anglo American leader Nicky Oppenheimer, Johann Rupert, Michiel Le Roux, the Mandela family, the Motsepe family, Jeff Hadebe, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi among many others are all standing by watching two families usurp power.

The Guptas have power and influence. Jacob Zuma has power and influence. The Guptas and the Zumas have power and influence but it cannot be that the have all or most of it. If this was true then South African would have moved from being a democracy to being a dictatorship overnight. Dictators don’t have to control every single person in society but a few key figures who would not oppose them to save their lives. Is this the ANC top six? Are they really so loyal or afraid of Jacob Zuma that they would hand him all the power without so much as thinking twice.

The people have power, ideas change the world. If we could believe that our leaders have betrayed us in the name one men we are no longer capable of reasonable thinking. In just over a year Jacob Zuma my no longer be ANC president and in just over three years not South African president; this remains true for as long as the South African constitution stands. Furthermore it is not far-fetched to think that the ANC will hold on to power in the 2019 elections. South African is led by the ANC and every person who sits in parliament, in the presidency and in the judiciary. If it is the case that the Guptas have taken over our country (South Africa), all these people have failed us and they have failed to do their jobs and every single one of them no longer deserve to remain in office.


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