ANC to give report back on NEC outcomes this afternoon

The Gupta family state capture dominated the discussion in the three-day meeting held in Centurion.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it will give a report back on the outcomes of its three-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at 3 pm this afternoon, on the backdrop of fresh revelations of the Gupta family's alleged influence on its members and senior government employees.

The meeting discussed alleged state capture by powerful business families, following claims that the Guptas are influencing President Jacob Zuma's ministerial appointments.

The Sunday Times reports that former government spokesperson Themba Maseko was told by president Zuma to help the Gupta family as they were starting the New Age newspaper.

Maseko says when he met Ajay Gupta, he was asked to direct government advertising towards the New Age.

When he said government departments made some of those decisions, Gupta said he himself would be able to direct those department to send their advertising to the New Age.

During another conversation, Maseko says he refused to change his plans to meet with the New Age when Gupta told him that he would have him replaced.

Maseko resigned from government about a year later.


Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said he believes the president will survive this weekend's ANC NEC meeting because he still has a lot of support within the ANC ranks.

But if an investigation into the Gupta family saga is launched, he might not be as lucky in the near future.

Fikeni said Zuma already faces a lot of litigation.

"It depends on what the party decides to do about the Guptas. If you have this one, it might prove to be the most embarrassing one, if the full extent of the relationship is revealed."

While Zuma still appears to have the upper hand in the ANC's NEC, there will be some members who feel the party has to be seen to act against the Guptas and the entire phenomenon of corporate capture, if it's to legitimacy among voters.

Local government elections are just around the corner and if the party is seen to go soft on Zuma and the Guptas and thus claims of corruption in general, it could find several large metros are in danger.

But the real political test could be one of bravery, who is going to go up against the person who has dominated our politics for the last decade, putting their own political career at risk.