State capture should not be used for grandstanding – ANC

2016-09-08 21:06
FILE: Oakbay chair Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma at a Protea vs India T20 cricket match in Johannesburg in 2012. (Photo: GCIS)

FILE: Oakbay chair Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma at a Protea vs India T20 cricket match in Johannesburg in 2012. (Photo: GCIS)

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Johannesburg - State capture should not be used for grandstanding in Parliament, but reported to competent authorities like the police, the ANC said on Thursday.

The party rejected a proposed motion the DA made in the National Assembly for Parliament to establish an ad hoc committee to investigate the influence of business on government. 

“State capture and undue influence over the government is a serious offence, and if such allegations are proven correct, then those responsible must be prosecuted and convicted,” the ruling party said in a statement.

It was issued following a debate on the matter in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The DA said the ANC had “de-fanged” Parliament to protect President Jacob Zuma.

“Had an ad hoc committee been established it would have had extensive powers – including powers to summon any person and powers to require any person or institution to report to it – in order to investigate,” the DA said in its statement.  

The party said the ANC had closed ranks in a desperate effort to protect Zuma and the Gupta family, from any investigation by Parliament.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor have claimed the Guptas offered them Cabinet positions.

Jonas said he was offered former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s job in December last year. Mentor said she was offered former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan’s job in 2010.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in May that it would be a “fruitless exercise” to investigate allegations of state capture. The party had called for the public to provide it with evidence of such activities.

Eight people approached Mantashe’s office, but only one provided something in writing.

Mantashe however said the ANC’s discussion of state capture would continue “for a long time”.

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