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Zwane sacking wasn't on Cabinet meeting agenda, says Radebe

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s breach of protocol was not discussed when Cabinet met on Wednesday, according to Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.

Radebe faced a number of questions about Zwane’s conduct and proposed resignation when briefing media at Parliament today, explains EWN's Parliamentary reporter Gaye Davis.

Zwane falsely claimed that it had been agreed to recommend to President Jacob Zuma that a judicial inquiry be launched into the banks that stopped doing business with the Gupta family.

Both the Cabinet and the Presidency have distanced themselves from Zwane's statement about a possible probe into the banking sector, adding that he had acted in his personal capacity.

Davis says Radebe was repeatedly asked whether Zwane had been called to account by Cabinet for this breach of protocol.

We had to put the question to the minister repeatedly and he said simply that it was not discussed at Cabinet... He was unmoved an would not go further.

Gaye Davis, Parliamentary correspondent for EWN

At the same time, Radebe revealed that Cabinet is complying with a subpoena from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for information relating to the probe into state capture claims.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

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