Mantashe: The ANC has full confidence in its president
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe was briefing the media about the outcomes of the ANC NEC.
JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party has full confidence in its President Jacob Zuma.
Mantashe was briefing the media on the outcomes of the national executive committee (NEC) held this weekend in Irene, Centurion.
He says the NEC held "frank and robust discussions" on claims that the Gupta family had influence in the appointment of ministers, their deputies and other government positions.
"The appointment of ministers and deputy ministers is the sole prerogative of the president of the Republic, in line with the Constitution. To this end, the ANC continues to confirm its full confidence in our president."
Mantashe says people who have been approached by members of the Gupta family must come and speak to his office.
He also says that people who do that will be protected politically.
He says that no action will be taken against the people who have spoken up because they can't discipline someone who's done the honourable thing.
Mantashe added that they're not scared to confront the Guptas.
The general secretary says the party has mandated the NEC and officials to investigate all pertinent information about the Gupta family claims.
'ANC TAKES GUPTA ALLEGATIONS SERIOUS'
Mantashe says the allegations of Gupta influence are very serious and have the potential to discredit the ANC leadership.
"As they have the potential to undermine and erode the credibility and confidence of our people in the leadership of the organisation. We reject the notion of any business or family seeking such influence over the ANC."
The party has also condemned media reports that the NEC is split along factional lines involving party leaders who want Zuma to be recalled.
MEMBERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT GUPTA FAMILY
In the past week there's been a number of revelations about the alleged influence of the Gupta family on Zuma.
This morning it was reported that former Cabinet spokesperson Themba Maseko had said he had once been told by the president to help the Gupta family when they were starting the New Age newspaper.
Former ANC Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor claimed last week she was offered a job by the controversial family.
She took to Facebook claiming she was offered the job of public enterprises minister after Barbara Hogan was redeployed in 2010.
Mentor also claimed the offer came with certain conditions and was made at the Gupta's Johannesburg home while Zuma was in a room next door.
In three statements, Zuma argued he had no recollection of Mentor as an MP.
The former MP stood by her claim and said she worked closely with the president before he became the Head of State, and finds it hard to believe that he does not recall who she is.
She said she has known Zuma since he returned from exile, and the two of them sat in on numerous meetings together.
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas joined the chorus of allegations and said that he was offered the position of finance minister by a member of the family.
In a statement he said he rejected the offer out of hand.
WATCH: Jonas: The Guptas offered me finance minister job.
The Gupta family has previously denied claims that they had made the offer to Jonas.
Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi's spokesperson confirmed that Ramatlhodi was invited to a social engagement by the Gupta family, shortly after he was appointed to his previous job as Mineral Resources Minister.
But, the minister's office said he declined the invitation.
Ramatlhodi was moved from the position of Mineral Resources Minister by Zuma and replaced by Mosebenzi Zwane.
Zwane's office confirmed that he went on a trip with the family to help in negotiations around the Optimum Coal mine deal, but the Gupta family have denied that.