ANCWL protects Zuma‚ attacks Manuel and Ramos’ ‘match made in heaven’

13 April 2016 - 11:09 By TMG Newswire
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel .
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel .
Image: JAMES OATWAY

Trevor Manuel‚ his “match made in heaven” with Mario Ramos‚ and their wedding at one of Anton Rupert’s “lavish vineyards in Stellenbosch” were raised in the African National Congress Womens League’s (ANCWL) statement of support for President Jacob Zuma.

It also‚ while calling Public Protector advocate Thuli Mandonsela “honourable”‚ said it demands “a more objective and less populist person who will campaign against government and its people but defend principles of the structures”.

In the statement‚ secretary-general Meokgo Matuba said the league had “forgiven our leader” and it remains “remain resolute to defend and guard the revolution against those who master behind the scenes in dividing and ruling the people of South Africa led by the African National Congress”.

In what appeared to be an outlet for frustration “boiling quietly inside”‚ Matuba on Tuesday said: “Some of us knew the day would come for truth to burst‚ in as much as it was heaped up.”

The truth‚ Matuba ventured‚ was “that our war for equality and economic prosperity is still brewing”.

“It remains a mystery as to what extent the rule of law applies and to whom.

“It remains unjust that‚ after 22 years of dispensation‚ we still find unfair‚ unjust rule of the many institutions that have sucked us of ourselves and even continues to cause deep‚ scarred divisions amongst us.”

Matuba said‚ that despite Mandonsela’s having “proclaimed to investigate” the “CIEX report commissioned by the apartheid government which implicates Absa (Bankorp) in apartheid corruption worth more than R3-billion…to this day apartheid crimes remain unpunished and Absa Bank continues to operate with no penalties attached”.

She noted that “the Rembrandt Group headed by Anton Rupert…also called for President Jacob Zuma to resign after the Constitutional Court ruling made by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng” as did former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

“Many forget‚ or perhaps are not aware‚ that in the early 2000s‚ Barclays Group Ltd started negotiating with our government to buy Absa Bank Limited‚” said Matuba‚ adding that “there was an outcry” as “Barclays was involved in funding the apartheid military with billions to kill ANC operatives‚ PAC/Azapo combatants and civilians”.

This‚ she claimed‚ “could not have been possible without the approval by…Manuel and our then President Thabo Mbeki to take charge despite of Barclays bank’s many crimes against South Africa and her people”.

The league‚ Matuba said‚ “looked at a far distance on the instrumental role played…by Trevor Manuel and his wife Maria Ramos‚ ‘indeed a match made in heaven’ ”.

She said Ramos was “employed by National Treasury before 1994‚ then a director-general post-1994‚ before proceeding to become the CEO of Absa/Barclays”‚ and highlighted “she was also appointed board member of the Remgro Group co-owned by the Ruperts”.

Ramos and Manuel enjoyed “Rupert’s gracious hospitality” at their “wedding at one of his lavish vineyards in Stellenbosch”‚ she added.

“After many years of their invasion‚ the Ruperts are billionaires‚ with the Rothchilds and a few others in control of the world’s finance.”

She appeared to have sympathy for the “Gupta family”‚ who had been subjected to an “unfair amount of attack …even after the invasions of many institutions such as the Oppenheimers‚ the Ruperts and Barclays...continue to gain resources of our beloved state”.

“In note of all the above‚ we have forgiven our leader‚ Comrade President Jacob Zuma and remain steadfast in our quest‚ for economic freedom and equality alongside President Jacob Zuma.”

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