We need wisdom and courage to resist bullshit! Especially bullshit that divides us! And bullshit that destroys the economy!— Mcebisi Jonas, Former Deputy Finance Minister
Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas gave the keynote speech at the Director’s Event in Sandton on Friday.
He warned people to not parrot phrases such as “White Monopoly Capital”.
Among the stories emerging from the Gupta leaked emails is proof of how British public relations company Bell Pottinger was responsible for creating the phrase and that it was part of a plan to sway the narrative of the Gupta's.
Jonas was fired by President Jacob Zuma when he controversially reshuffled his cabinet.
He’s said under oath that he was offered a R600 million bribe by a member of the Gupta family.
The Director’s Event is a conference attended by more than 300 leaders from both the public and private sectors.
The Midday Report’s Stephen Grootes interviewed EWN Reporter Mia Lindeque who was at the event.
Listen to the interview – and a snippet of Jonas’s speech - in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
He says economic illiteracy is a major problem.— Mia Lindeque, EWN
He said Government is too focussed on how to spend money instead of being focussed on how to make it.— Mia Lindeque, EWN
He warned South Africans about the major impact the nuclear plan will have on the country.— Mia Lindeque, EWN
He said nobody has confidence in the State, especially with the Gupta leaks now surfacing.— Mia Lindeque, EWN