Masina must come clean on relationship with Guptas

DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni Ghaleb Cachalia
July 12, 2016

Following the admission in a parliamentary reply by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, that he has met with the Gupta family, I call on ANC Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry to come clean and declare whether he was at any of these meetings.

This follows confirmation that Masina visited Dubai in April this year in his capacity as Deputy Minister.

Masina is known as a strong Zuma ally, and despite his thin resume, was selected over many experienced hands in Ekurhuleni to shore up Zuma support in the ANC Gauteng. Masina owes the people of Ekurhuleni an explanation as to whether or not this includes a relationship with the Gupta family and whether he will be beholden to their special interests.

If elected Mayor, I guarantee that I will also put the people of Ekurhuleni first. The era of putting Jacob Zuma and his friends first will end immediately. I will also ensure that no arm of the city is subject to state capture by any politically connected elite.

I strongly urge Masina to come clean on this issue immediately in the interests of transparency and so that the voters know exactly what they are getting themselves into when they cast their ballots on 3 August.

The people of Ekurhuleni deserve change that will deliver services, stop corruption and create jobs. This is the change that puts the people of this city first.

 

Ghaleb Cachalia

DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni

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