Big revelations have been made in the context of WMC’s conspiracy against President Zuma in the recent book named “Kill Zuma by any means necessary”. In reference to a report published on Africa news 24-7, it’s been said that WMC billionaire boss Johann Rupert threatened to disintegrate SA economy if he removed Pravin Gordhan from his post of Finance Minister.
In one of the chapters of the book, the Remgro board chief shows his influence and directs current police minister Fikile Mbalula who served as the minister of sports and recreation to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape that point of time. While he was present at a multimillion-rand auction, Rupert asked Mbalula to convey the message to the president that: “if he fires Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, I’ll ensure South Africa becomes worse than Zimbabwe.” The book further reveals, “Rupert, first of all, asked Mbalula if it was true that President Zuma was planning to remove Pravin Gordhan as the finance minister in yet another cabinet reshuffle. Mbalula replied that cabinet appointments were strictly the preserve of the president, and he could not say. At the time, there was much speculation and even near certainty that the former CEO of Eskom, Brian Molefe, would be made the finance minister, a move Rupert declared would be totally unacceptable. Rupert seemed to be in a bad mood. I want you to go and tell your president that I looked after Mandela. But if he fires Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, I will destroy this economy. My friends and I will make it look worse than Zimbabwe”.
Whatever he said seems threatening as the country was just coping up with the degradation of Rand and markets going down. It was then when Zuma had fired Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with Des van Rooyen. As mentioned in the book, the JSE faced a loss in the region of R500 billion almost overnight and the rand lowered to nearly R18 to the dollar. It was when Zuma upturned his decision and brought back Gordhan and the markets started rising again and the Rand also did show improvement. The book also involves heated arguments between Mbalula and Rupert regarding the latter pushing for his intentions on President Zuma and asking Mbalula to convey that to the President. It also reveals how Rupert used his domination in every aspect of the society to force his illicit financial and social purpose on the government.