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'No point in establishing committee to probe state capture claims'

Opposition parties have been calling for investigations over the Gupta family's influence.

ANC's Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Facebook.com
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CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress’ (ANC) newly appointed chief whip in Parliament has told Eyewitness News he doesn't see the point of establishing an ad hoc committee to investigate claims of ‘state capture’.

In recent weeks, opposition parties have been calling for a debate in the National Assembly over the Gupta family's influence over the presidency and executive.

LISTEN: ANC to investigate process of 'state capture' 

The call emerged after deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed the wealthy Gupta family offered him the top job as finance minister last year.

While ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says he is open to a debate, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) chief whip's spokesperson Colin Wardle says a proper process has to be followed.

“Before the end of the first term just over two weeks ago, Parliament tables a motion for the establishment of an ad hoc committee to investigate the Gupta family, their relationship with the presidency and the executive and the role they have allegedly played in some of the Cabinet appointments.”

Wardle adds he's positive a debate will lead to the establishment of an ad hoc committee to investigate allegations of state capture.

“Once Parliament resumes and the programming committee starts sitting again, we will have a date for when the motion will be brought before the National Assembly. Once it has reached the National Assembly there will be a debate on the motion itself, followed right after by a vote by the house."

WATCH: Zuma reacts to alleged ‘Gupta appointments’ 

STATE CAPTURE EVIDENCE

Last week, 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.

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.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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