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Senior leaders question Gupta, ANC relationship

Tripartite Alliance leaders have spoken out against the perceived influence of the Gupta family on government.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma & Atul Gupta. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - As senior leaders within the Tripartite Alliance speak out against the perceived influence of the Gupta family over government, there have been questions about whether the inaction from within the state has led to a culture of patronage.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) leaders sharply criticised the perceived influence of the Gupta's during the ANC's lekgotla held last week.

They reportedly criticised the manner in which senior ANC members are summoned to the Gupta's Saxonwold compound to discuss government matters.

Senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Judith February says it may be too little too late.

"We seem to have names mentioned and people becoming outraged just as we are near an election battle or near a place where the ANC is going to be choosing leaders. It would have been better had the outrage come a few years ago, when the Gupta's reared their heads."

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