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ANC warns South Africans against Gupta 'obsession'

The ANC says it has been meeting with Gupta-owned companies and not with the Gupta family.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says South Africa is running the risk of being obsessed with the Gupta family and missing the bigger picture, which is the economy.

The ruling party says there's been little concern over Anglo American withdrawing its investment from the country or international packaging and paper group - Mondi - listing outside of South Africa.

The ANC says it has been meeting with Gupta-owned companies since Monday and not with the Gupta family to discuss a number of issues.

The family has been largely slammed for its relations with President Jacob Zuma, with the Economic Freedom Fighters recently demanding they leave the country.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the obsession has seen Zuma's son, Duduzane, being mentioned along with Gupta's.

"Every time you talk about the Guptas, you say 'where is the president's son'? He can't do business in heaven. It's the same merit that families of politicians are proxies of politically connected individual, so they have no life their own and can't take decisions… I don't subscribe to that narrative."

MALEMA: GUPTAS MUST FALL & LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said two weeks ago that he and his party want the Gupta family to leave the country because they're tired of the corruption.

The EFF leader said the Gupta family, Zuma and corruption must fall.

WATCH: Malema: Guptas must leave SA.

Malema said his party would not allow the president to corrupt South Africa and turn the country into another failed African state.

He said the red berets couldn't allow a situation where South Africa was colonised by the Gupta family.