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Sat Oct 01 19:11:18 CAT 2016

Black Business Council dismisses suggestions of divisions over Zuma

Genevieve Quintal | 20 September, 2016 09:30
Pityana said he was convinced that not all the members or constituent parts of the BBC agreed with its position. File photo
Image by: Simphiwe Nkwali

The Black Business Council (BBC) said after a meeting with its affiliates that it was "more united than ever"‚ despite suggestions that its backing of President Jacob Zuma was not supported by all its members.

This African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana commenting that the BBC's support of Zuma was a "betrayal" and did not represent all black business.

Pityana said he was convinced that not all the members or constituent parts of the BBC agreed with its position.

“I have discussed these concerns with many black business leaders‚ including some who lead organisations affiliated to the BBC‚” he said last week.

“I take comfort in the fact that the BBC’s public statement does not represent all of us.”

The BBC’s stance is that Zuma should finish his term‚ as he was elected democratically.

BBC affiliates include the Black Management Forum‚ Association of Black Chartered Accountants‚ and the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals‚ and it has a long list of corporate members.

The BBC on Tuesday said it had met with its affiliates‚ which were briefed on various media utterances and engaged on the issues.

"[We] emerged more united than ever‚" CEO Mohale Ralebitso said.

The BBC was preparing for upcoming elections and a policy conference. It also announced that Zuma would address its awards dinner next week. – TMG Digital/BDlive

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