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The Guptas welcome the ANC's State capture probe

In a short statement the Gupta family says they welcome this process and will cooperate with the ANC.

Atul Gupta. Picture: AFP.
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JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta family says it now welcomes the decision of the African National Congress (ANC) to investigate claims that business people may have captured the state.

It’s given its first reaction to the ANC’s decision to tell its members that if anyone has information that the Gupta family have been offering people Cabinet positions, they must tell the office of Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

LISTEN: ANC to investigate state capture

In a short statement the Gupta family says they welcome this process that should ultimately allow the truth to be recognised and end this current trial by innuendo and slander.

The family also says they’ll co-operate fully with the secretary general’s office, before saying they believe State capture from any quarter should be condemned.

But there’s no claim in this statement that the allegations have been driven by a political rivalries between different factions in the ANC.

On Sunday, the ANC condemned the family’s media organisations, and its representatives, for claiming the party was made up of competing factions.

‘WE SUPPORT SA’S CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW’

The family says they believe this investigation should stop what it calls the current trial by innuendo and slander.

They also say they support South Africa’s Constitution and the rule of law and that it would be inappropriate for them to comment any further until the ANC’s findings are published.

It’s not clear at this stage if Mantashe would want them to present evidence to him, or if they would have any information they could meaningfully contribute.

However, the family appears to have stopped staying that the claims against them were driven by political in-fighting in the ruling party.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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