Rupert commented on a Netwerk24 article, titled “Zuma allegedly
says: Tell me directly if I should step down”
, that he didn’t fly out of London, as Zuma had alleged, because he
was in South Africa, acting as chancellor at a University of Stellenbosch
Rupert is one of the first high-profile businessmen to speak out
strongly about Zuma, the ANC’s failure to act against him and the direction the
country was moving.
In his comment, Rupert implored President Zuma to “step aside and
go back to your ANC branch”, especially if Zuma believed that he flew from
London to South Africa to meet with a senior ANC leader and to demand that the
appointment of Van Rooyen was reversed.
He said that, if Zuma’s information had not come from the Guptas,
and if his information was correct, he would have known that Rupert was
attending the graduation ceremony.
“How could I, therefore, fly back? Yes, for the children’s future,
He said from the United States
that he was “fed up” with the way Zuma managed the country.
“Now is the time for people to make their voices heard,” he
Business leaders must be prepared, as they were with the previous
regime, to be unpopular, he said.
Rupert was in discussions with international businessmen and
investors, who had warned him that that South Africa’s credit rating downgrade
to junk was inevitable.
“It would mean a dollar will suddenly cost R30. The consequences
will be far-reaching.”
Ian Cruickshanks, economist at the South African Institute of Race
Relations, told Netwerk24 journalist Pauli van Wyk that Rupert’s comments were
“He is the first big businessman who to say these things in public
and on the record.”
» Rupert is chairperson of