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Ben Turok says Zuma must distance himself from Guptas at NEC meeting

ANC stalwart, Ben Turok, says there is one key question he would ask at the ruling party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend, in light of claims made by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

What is the real relationship between President and the Guptas?

Ben Turok, former MP and ANC stalwart

Turok wants to know on whose authority the Gupta family made a ministerial proposition to Jonas. He says recent events seem to indicate that the relationship between President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas is much deeper than friendship.

I want the President to disassociate himself directly and in public from this particular piece of Machiavellianism by the Guptas. If he does not condemn it, the inference is that there was some sort of mandate.

Ben Turok, former MP and ANC stalwart

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile, political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says the NEC is likely to consider discreetly recalling Zuma this weekend.

It will happen, but it may not be as dramatic because the ANC would be weary to do so before the local government elections.. and they may await any investigation or commission of inquiry.

Professor Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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