ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has lashed out at Johann Rupert following the business mogul’s call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Amongst other accusations, Kodwa claims that Rupert is an arrogant white-monopoly capitalist who is funding the Democratic Alliance.

In an interview with The New Age, Kodwa said Rupert is an apartheid admirer who was a beneficiary of the apartheid government.

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“He is an arrogant white-monopoly capitalist who benefited from the apartheid and the colonial system. We are aware of all of that, we are going to unmask him this week. He is an imperialist who continues to fund the DA,” he says.

This comes after Rupert commented that Zuma should step down and go back to the ANC branches. He said this after it was reported that Zuma had told the ANC National Executive Committee that he (Rupert) came back to South Africa from London in December 2015 to convince an ANC senior leader to ensure that David Van Rooyen was removed as Finance Minister.

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Kodwa is not the only person to hit out at the businessman. Zuma’s eldest son Edward Zuma, who has laid a charge of corruption against him, expressed similar sentiments.

“Whiteness is on steroids these days. For him to call for President Zuma’s resignation is a confirmation of what we have always known: that he and others have been funding the opposition‚ plotting and orchestrating conditions favourable for the defeat of our National Democratic Revolution‚” he was quoted saying in a Business Day article.

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Edward Zuma also called for the Public Protector to probe other senior ANC officials.

“She must widen the scope to probe all other senior ANC officials who also have ties with wealthy families in this country. Why does she want to probe Zuma only? . . . this leaves much to be desired. Names will obviously be told to whoever will be probing these families. These should also be done to all political parties across as it should show fairness and objectivity from the Democratic Alliance‚ Cope and others.”

Sources: Business Day, The New Age