Don't go! Black business pleads with Zuma to stay,Sunday Times (Gauteng),11 Sep 2016
A TOP black business organisation has thrown its weight behind President Jacob Zuma — despite being petitioned by Sipho Pityana to swell the ranks of those opposed to the head of state. Instead, they want him to stay on for his full term, saying anything else would amount to a coup. They are also lobbying Zuma not to sign the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill into law. The bill proposes allowing banks to scrutinise the accounts of “politically exposed” persons. Black Business Council president Ndaba Ntsele said a delegation visited Zuma on Friday and told him it did not support growing calls for his exit. The council told Zuma its members had been approached by Pityana, the chairman of Anglo Gold Ashanti, to join a movement opposed to the president. “We told him [Zuma] . . . the president [must] . . . remain in office until the end of his term.