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SACP calls for judicial commission of inquiry into Gupta’s political influence

The Guptas have been linked to President Jacob Zuma, who says that they are just friends.

FILE: Zuma’s son, Duduzane, also works for the Gupta family. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) second Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila says he's proposing a judicial commission of inquiry into the political influence of the Gupta family because it's important to know if they are controlling certain aspects of government.

The Guptas have been linked to President Jacob Zuma, who says that they are just friends.

Zuma's son, Duduzane, also works for the Gupta family.

Mapaila says claims the Gupta's are being targeted just because of their race don't make sense.

"They are not being fought because they are black business, they are being fought because of their direct influence to power. If you look at the contract that they have in the State institutions, even if they come and say it's only one percent… that is one percent of what?"

Mapaila says they're not asking for a judicial inquiry into the political influence of the Gupta family because of their race, but because of their proximity to power.

He says this situation is wrong.

"It's not acceptable that the president's son would do business with them, they do business with State-owned enterprises and their regulatory bodies. It doesn't obviously need a rocket scientist to figure out the lines of influence."

LISTEN: SACP calls for judicial commission into state capture by Gupta family