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Meanwhile a large government grant to the controversial pro-Zuma Gupta family has now become a loan; bad management at the national carrier South African Airways is coming under control; and attempts to impose accountability on a deal involving the state arms manufacturer Denel are being made...


Spinning Africa in Europe

The UK's largest public relations firm founded by Lord Timothy Bell a former election advisor to the late British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Bell Pottinger has now cut its ties with the controversial Gupta family – which has a close business relationship with South African President Jacob Zuma and his family – after losing two major clients with ties to South Africa because of their concern about its contract with Oakbay Investments the Guptas' holding company (AC Vol 57 No 21 Stalwarts push for Zuma's exit)...

The UK's largest public relations firm founded by Lord Timothy Bell a former election advisor to the late British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Bell Pottinger has now cut its ties with the controversial Gupta family – which has a close business relationship with South African President Jacob Zuma and his family – after losing two major clients with ties to South Africa because of their concern about its contract with Oakbay Investments the Guptas' holding company (AC Vol 57 No 21 Stalwarts push for Zuma's exit)...

' Bell Pottinger had secured the £100 000 ($130 000) per month contract with the Guptas last year to turn around their public image in South Africa...

After a storm of protest against the firm's operations on behalf of the Gupta family Bell Pottinger ended the contract last month...

Her report detailed the extent of the business and political influence held by the Guptas courtesy of Zuma's government...

However getting their fingers burnt by their association with the Guptas won't deter Bell Pottinger and their rivals from searching for political and corporate contracts on the African continent...


Mr Gigabyte's baptism of fire

The ANC is also divided over Gigaba whose power derives from his leadership of the ANC Youth League from 1996 to 2004 between those who see him as a disaster because of his links to the notorious Gupta family and those who see in him a potential saviour of the party...

At Home Affairs Gigaba introduced a clumsy visa system which damaged the vital tourism sector and at Public Enterprises he was seen as devising sweet deals for the Gupta family (AC Vol 56 No 13 Save the children)...

He admits to meeting the Guptas on several occasions but insists that having them as friends does not mean he is under their influence...


The trillion rand thank you

Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma and the controversial Gupta family are well positioned to benefit from the deal because they have interests in uranium mining (AC Vol 57 No 4 Zuma bows to business)...


Zuma's edifice starts to wobble

Anxiety is growing that Gigaba's accession signifies the completion of the 'state capture' of public finances by Zuma's patronage network and the Gupta family which has joint business interests with Zuma's family and friends as well as an increasing stake in local industry and commerce (AC Vol 58 No 5 Zuma's anti-Gordhan play)...

Demonstrators crowded around the gates of the Guptas' Saxonwold compound in Johannesburg...

Cronin claimed that the real reason for the dramatic midnight cabinet reshuffle a week earlier was to prevent Gordhan from justifying in the courts his refusal to allow the Guptas access to leading banks and the block on them from acquiring Vardospan a bank currently owned by Habib Bank...

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Omens and portents

Civil society and opposition leaders warn that the country's increasingly fragile constitutional democracy the envy of the region two decades ago is in imminent danger of being hijacked by politicians and securocrats benefitting from the patronage of the Guptas the billionaire family with close business links to state corporations and to Zuma's family...

'Access to the state kitty through the front door of national treasury is more important to them than the national interest… They want to loot and loot with increased haste while they still can ' said Sipho Pityana a former senior official in the governing African National Congress (ANC) and Chairman of the major gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti with the Guptas clearly in mind...

On 28 March the day Gordhan received his summons the Guptas filed a new affidavit in the High Court...

It is being asked to require Gordhan to appear in person to defend his position on the refusal of South Africa's commercial banks to accept business from the Guptas...

He contends that it would not be lawful for him to order them to restore the Guptas' access to the banks which was cut off last year over the movement of large sums of money out of the country (AC Vol 57 No 21 Stalwarts push for Zuma's exit)...

Gordhan applied to the High Court for vindication of his position while the Guptas insist it is his duty to order the banks to restore their previous access...

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SACP threatens JZ

The SACP was instrumental in helping Zuma to the presidency of the African National Congress in 2007 but has fallen out with him over his relationship with the Guptas and his ambitions for the succession...


Zuma's anti-Gordhan play

The policy has also become the code for Zuma's strategy to shore up his formidable patronage circle and ensure the continued influence of the controversial Gupta family (AC Vol 52 No 5 The Gupta factor)...

Last year Molefe was accused by the then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of having a corrupt relationship with the Gupta family...

His recent public statements show Zuma's impatience with Gordhan has grown and the recent price-fixing scandal involving Standard Bank ABSA and Investec has strengthened his campaign to have the Guptas' access to the banks – which was suspended almost a year ago – restored...


The state of Jacob Zuma's presidency

For the past year he has been locked in battle with President Jacob Zuma over sundry investigations into the well-connected Gupta family's influence on state spending decisions and presidential plans for multi-billion dollar nuclear power contracts to be awarded to Russian state companies (AC Vol 58 No 1 Power struggle goes nuclear)...

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