#GuptaEmails inquiry must be in Parliament - DA tells ANC

2017-06-02 19:29

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance wants the African National Congress to ensure a state capture inquiry takes place in Parliament, and not anywhere else, after it agreed a probe is needed into the #GuptaLeaks.

"The DA believes that it is deeply disingenuous that the ANC is calling for an inquiry into the capture of its own government," DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said on Friday.

"There have been numerous opportunities for the ANC to take action against its captured president and its Gupta captors, but it has not done so."

The ANC on Friday admitted that information emerging from the #GuptaEmails bring into question the integrity and credibility of the state.

The party has called on government to establish a process of establishing the veracity of the emails, spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.


Judicial commission of inquiry

Van Damme said the ANC must support their party's call for a full scale ad hoc committee to probe state capture.

They are still waiting for Speaker Baleka Mbete to place the matter on the National Assembly's agenda, after requesting it earlier this week.

"On the basis of the ANC's statement today, we expect the ANC will fully support our call for a parliamentary inquiry, and we expect ANC MPs to vote for the ad hoc committee."

Kodwa also reiterated the ANC's National Executive Committee's resolution calling for the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture without delay.

A dossier of emails between the Guptas, their employees, various associates and senior government officials revealing the family's ties with President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane Zuma, and some Cabinet ministers were leaked to the media at the weekend.

Gupta lawyer Gert van der Merwe earlier said he had advised his clients to lay criminal charges against the media houses and journalists for publishing "tampered" emails.

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