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Tough questions asked about Gupta family's influence on govt

Leaders will convene today to ask tough questions about distrust & disillusionment in SA.

Gupta family,Gupta,South Africa economy,Thabo Makgoba,Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
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JOHANNESBURG – With the influence of the Gupta family in government continuously questioned, leaders are convening to ask tough questions about distrust and disillusionment in the country.

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has launched the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa Inaugural Summit.

This involves a coalition of leaders from across government and civil society.

Makgoba says leaders must discuss what he calls an epidemic sense of distrust in government and across civil society. 

Tough questions have been asked about the influence of the Gupta family.

But political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki says the Gupta family are recent arrivals and cannot possibly have the capacity to control the state. 

He says, "How can you think they have the capacity? They only arrived in 1993; they haven’t got such capacity and they haven’t got the money.”

Makgoba says leaders must recalibrate their moral compass.

“Help South Africans to wake up and look at the economic issues around that family.”

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) CEO Nicky Newton-King says while she will not comment on the Gupta family's influence specifically, democracy requires transparency and accountability. 

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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