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DA: State capture has to be scrutinised

Several politicians have expressed concern over the Guptas' relationship with the president.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Atul Gupta. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) chief whip says the extent to which personal interests are manipulating the distribution of state resources has to be investigated urgently.

Earlier this month, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas admitted the wealthy Gupta family offered him the finance minister's job late last year.

Following this revelation several other Members of Parliament and politicians have come forward expressing concern over the family's relationship with the president.

The chief whip's spokesperson Colin Wardle says state capture has to be scrutinised.

"Public support is not enough and as Parliament we have a duty to investigate this matter; Find out exactly to what extent the supposed state capture has taken place, look at ways of preventing it in future as well as holding those in the executive who have the potential to violate their oath of office accountable."

STATE CAPTURE EVIDENCE

Last week, African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said people were "streaming in" to Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe's office to present evidence of 'state capture' for the party to investigate.

LISTEN: ANC to investigate process of 'state capture'

He said the party will deal with the allegations through Mantashe's office, rather than rely on rumours and headlines.

Ramaphosa said the Gupta family have given their full cooperation in investigations and have promised to present the facts.

"They will also have the opportunity to come and put whatever facts are on the table."

But he said it is not just the Guptas as there are others who want to use the ANC to advance their corporate interests.

"People may have their own notions of what should happen post the NEC, but what we know is that we need to deal with matters with critical analysis."

The deputy president called for the time and space to deal with allegations once and for all through its structures.

Ramaphosa also invited anyone who believes they have proof of 'state capture' to visit the sixth floor in Luthuli House.

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