Gauteng ANC takes time to respond to state capture probe

2016-06-02 15:19


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Johannesburg - The Gauteng ANC is treading cautiously in responding to the national leadership’s decision to drop a probe into the alleged state capture by the Gupta family - who are close friends of President Jacob Zuma.

At a briefing in Soweto on Thursday on preparations for the province’s manifesto launch rally, Gauteng premier and provincial ANC deputy chairperson David Makhura, said “the team has been focusing on the rally, but will still get a report from the (national executive committee). Once we have got a formal report on the decisions of the NEC, only then we can discuss it.”

The rally is set to take place at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Monday said it would be a “fruitless exercise” to continue the party’s probe on state capture. This was because the party had received so few complaints about the Gupta family’s alleged meddling in government affairs.

Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko was the only one to hand in a written submission out of the eight who complained to Mantashe.

The Gauteng ANC leadership has been critical of Zuma. In April, it asked him to “do the right thing” following a Constitutional Court judgement that he failed to uphold the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations that he repay some of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

They province was, however, later forced to do a U-turn after some regions in the province objected to this stance.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa told an ANC meeting with businesspeople in Sandton in March that those who tried to capture the state should be stopped in their tracks.

Zuma later told the ANC’s provincial general council in Gauteng that there was no such thing as state capture.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  david makhura  |  gwede mantashe  |  politics

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