Ahmed Kathrada Foundation calls for Gupta probe

The foundation urged public representatives who may have been approached by the Guptas to come forward.

FILE: Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

CAPE TOWN - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has called for an independent probe to be conducted following revelations of the Gupta family's alleged central role in the appointment of ministers.

Former African National Congress Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor came forward, saying the Guptas offered her a ministerial post which she had rejected.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed he'd been offered Treasury's top post, also by the controversial family.

The foundation's Neeshan Balton says they support calls for an independent commission of inquiry into the allegations that have been made against the Guptas until now.

Balton is urging other public representatives who may have been subjected to similar approaches by the Guptas to come forward.

"Our country's democracy has been hard won. It's something we need to cherish and preserve against all attempts to erode it by families of this nature, because if this is true, basically would make a mockery of this Constitution and all of the values that are enshrined therein."

The foundation believes it's time for all South Africans to speak out against what it's called the growing leadership crisis unfolding in the country.