#GuptaLeaks a huge embarrassment to ANC - Mkhize

2017-07-28 10:30
Zweli Mkhize. (File)

Zweli Mkhize. (File)

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Ekurhuleni - ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize says those implicated in the #GuptaLeaks need to be held to account.

He said they should subject themselves to a commission of inquiry so the country can find out the truth behind continuing claims that the state has been captured.

Mkhize delivered an Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture in Katlehong on Thursday, as part of a series of events the ANC is holding to celebrate what would have been its longest serving president's centenary year.

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"These emails that have come out and all the statements that we read in the media are a huge embarrassment," Mkhize said.

Mkhize was referring to a trove of leaked emails which put the Gupta family, who are well known friends of President Jacob Zuma, at the heart of a project attempting to capture the country's president and state-owned enterprises.

The #GuptaLeaks show evidence of corruption, kickbacks and political influence the Gupta family had over some members of the executive and directors of SOEs.

- GuptaLeaks site

Mkhize, who has been punted by some as a "third way" and possible compromise president in the battle to lead the ANC, rejected state capture and said those who were involved in it knew what they were doing. He said the party did not want to be tarnished along with them.

"I think it's important also that we say to ourselves, for those whose names are being raised in these emails, we expect that they will come forward and clear their names," he told the crowd.

He told crowds, made up mainly of pensioners and young people, that there were three issues causing tensions among alliance partners in the liberation movement.

These were: state capture; calls by alliance partners SA Communist Party and labour federation Congress of SA Trade Unions' for President Jacob Zuma to go; and the succession race ahead of its 54th national conference in December.

Branches do not allow your power to be taken away

He called on everyone to join in the calls to reject state capture.

"We, as the ANC, consider any form of capture, whether by individuals, families, companies or any foreign governments or whatever, as a form of corruption. It's the subversion of the will of our people and we will not accept it," said Mkhize.

Mkhize also spoke at length about the role of the branches, reminding supporters that they needed to unite the 105-year-old liberation organisation in honour of Tambo, the ANC’s longest serving president.

Speaking out against negative tendencies which had crept into the party, he called for an end to factionalism and gatekeeping.

"Factions and divisions act as a Berlin Wall for those who want to continue with corruption," said Mkhize.

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