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Mantashe: ANC not afraid to confront Guptas

ANC's Gwede Mantashe is waiting to see who'll approach him with more evidence against the Guptas.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is now waiting to see who will approach his office with more evidenc e that the Gupta family has been offering people Cabinet posts and using their political influence to advance their businesses.

He has told ANC members that he will protect them politically if they come forward and that no one can be disciplined for doing the honourable thing.

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) at the weekend said that it reaffirmed its confidence in President Jacob Zuma, but that it will investigate claims the Gupta family have been telling government officials what to do.

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While the Gupta family has denied all claims of wrongdoing against them, Mantashe says he wants to know exactly what they've been doing and that the ANC is not afraid to confront the family.

Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko has already said he'll be among the first to contact Mantashe's office, to make a submission.

He said over the weekend that President Jacob Zuma phoned him personally to tell him to help the Gupta family.

While Zuma still clearly has the upper hand in the ANC's NEC, it does appear this investigation could turn up more claims against the Gupta family.

That could lead to more calls for the ANC to take action.

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