Johannesburg - The African National Congress wants an inquiry into allegations of undue influence on state officials by the Gupta family and private business to move quickly to limit damage to the party’s reputation.
“It must move as fast as possible so that we don’t stay with this hanging in the air for a long time because the longer it stays, the more costly it is for the ANC,” the party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “We must have a broader commission that doesn’t only focus on one family.”
The Gupta family is friends with President Jacob Zuma, 75, and in business with his son. The country’s graft ombudsman released a report on November 2 that implied Zuma may have let members of the family influence cabinet appointments. The report recommended a judicial commission be set up to determine the extent of wrongdoing due to state capture, the term used in South Africa to describe allowing private business interests to influence the government. The ANC wants the inquest to be broad enough to uncover the influence of all business on state affairs.