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Johann Rupert gives South African president an ultimatum

South African Billionaire Johann Rupert has allegedly given President Cyril Ramaphosa a marching order, instructing him to tow the line and fire Ace Magashule, African National Congress (ANC) secretary general.

According to a highly placed source within Ramaphosa’s camp who spoke to the Daily News, Rupert allegedly summoned Ramaphosa, former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Old Mutual Chairman Trevor Manuel and told them that if Magashule is not removed this week by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, then support for Ramaphosa and funding for the ANC will be stopped immediately.

It is reported that he promised to end the media campaign in favour of ‘CR17’ if no action is taken in dealing with the party’s secretary general and his supporters. Apparently, Magashule is not the only target on the firing line. Those identified as the ‘fightback’ faction and supporters of former President Jacob Zuma, are expected to be dealt with and expelled from the ANC.

It is alleged that the very tense instructions added that it was time to cleanse the ANC and ‘bury’ the supporters of Radical Economic Transformation (RET) once and for all. The source said this is a ‘showdown and a fight for South Africa’s resources. The wealthy businessman was also reportedly instrumental in the removal of former President Jacob Zuma who was forced out of office.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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