Former president Jacob Zuma auctioned off his executive power to the Guptas, former cabinet minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the state capture inquiry on Wednesday. The former minister said that was how he described the situation when he raised the issue in a meeting of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) meeting, when the party was debating Zuma's removal. Ramatlhodi served as mineral resources minister under Zuma as well as public service and administration minister. He was eventually axed from the cabinet in 2017 in the same late-night reshuffle as Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. The former minister gave the commission the first real insight into how the ANC's NEC operated under Zuma and the power he wielded within the party.

Ramatlhodi said when the NEC started raising concerns around the Gupta family, Zuma said they were his friends and had helped his sons Duduzane and Edward. Duduzane Zuma is a business associate of the Guptas and was a director of ...

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