President Jacob Zuma says he has no idea where the so-called #GuptaEmails have come from, and they will be tested during three separate probes into state capture.
During oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said government will implement pro-growth intervention measures to reignite the South African economy that has slipped into a technical recession.
President Zuma said that government was also speeding up efforts to ensure there is regulatory certainty.
This will include areas such as spectrum allocation, the Independent Power Producer procurement programmes and land reform to so that investors have greater clarity on public policy, the President said.
“We need to focus on turning around poorly performing state-owned companies so that they are able to produce key utilities to the economy on a reliable and cost-effective basis.”
The President said South Africa was committed to an “open, transparent” process to build new nuclear power plants and that the government intends going through with its plans for nuclear expansion.
President Zuma also come out in clear defense of the newly drafted Mining Charter.
“I believe firstly, the minister gave the briefing in consultation and what the minister is doing has been approved by the Cabinet. And secondly, we have said we need to do something to change the economy to ensure that we ignite the economy.
“We could not stay at the same place without being innovative about the economy, particularly mining. I believe this is going to bring about change in mining. So, I believe in what the minister has done.”
President Jacob Zuma said a secret ballot in parliament in a motion of no-confidence against him would not be fair as it was meant to help the opposition parties garner a majority they do not have.
“I see no convincing reason why we should change… You are trying to get a majority you don’t have by saying secret ballot. I think it is not fair because you are trying to increase the majority you don’t have.”