We respect ANC decision to close 'state capture' probe - Cosatu

2016-06-02 12:13
Ajay and Atul Gupta. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

Ajay and Atul Gupta. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

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Johannesburg – The Congress of SA Trade Unions will respect the ANC’s decision to close its investigation into state capture, its president Sdumo Dlamini has told News24.

While Cosatu had not discussed ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s decision to close the investigation into the Gupta family’s alleged state capture, Mantashe had explained his reasoning to the ANC’s National Executive Committee, Dlamini said. 

"I listened to Mantashe’s report. The investigation was open to people and only one person made a submission. There was no evidence and the ANC cannot open an investigation forever. Its an NEC decision and we must respect it," he said. 

Dlamini said the media needed to separate the influence of business on state affairs from the influential Gupta family’s dealings. 

"We are all alive to the threat. South Africa was captured long ago, it has long been captured. You must separate the Guptas to the whole notion on corporate capture, that is done by all monopolies and they do influence government one way or the other," he said. 

SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila, however, said the party was tired of the rot in the ANC and would no longer stand for it, City Press Online reported.

Mapaila described the report as a whitewash that would compromise the ANC in the eyes of South Africans.

On Tuesday, Mantashe said the ANC had decided to close its investigation because of the low number of submissions. It would be a "fruitless exercise" for the ANC to investigate, he told reporters following the party's NEC meeting at the weekend.

Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko made the sole written submission.

At the time, Mantashe said the party wanted to deal with the big picture of politicians being influenced by powerful businesses, instead of narrowing it down to just a few individuals.

His call came after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said members of the Gupta family had offered him the job of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was sacked in December 2015.

The Guptas denied this, saying their family was being used for "political point scoring between rival factions within the ANC".

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