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Mantashe: Ramatlhodi never mentioned pressure from Molefe, Ngubane

Ramatlhodi has confirmed they tried to get him to cancel the licenses because the Gupta family wanted to buy their coal mine which supplied Eskom.

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe has confirmed former Mineral Resources Minister Ngaoko Ramatlhodi did not tell him about the pressure he was put under to cancel the mining licenses of the Glencore group by Eskom's CEO Brian Molefe and its chair Ben Ngubane.

This week amaBhungane and Eyewitness News reported Ramatlhodi has confirmed they tried to get him to cancel the licenses, to put pressure on Glencore because the Gupta family wanted to buy their coal mine which supplied Eskom.

Last year Mantashe's office was expected to investigate claims of state capture, but that investigation was never finalised.

The party’s general secretary says Ramatlhodi did not approach him with this information.

And he says the former minister could have gone to other agencies as well.

Mantashe's also say he is still expecting a judicial commission of inquiry into the public protector's state capture report.

That report detailed how Brian Molefe had been in regular contact with the Gupta family as they were trying to buy the optimum coal mine.

“He had the opportunity to go to the public protector (and) he didn’t go."

EXPLAINER: The Molefe/Glencore saga in 60 seconds

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