Mantashe waits for more Gupta claims
Former govt spokesman Themba Maseko says he’ll be the first to make submissions towards the investigation.
JOHANNESBURG - As African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe waits to see who will approach him with claims against the Gupta family, former government spokesperson Themba Maseko said he will be among the first to give his submission.
Mantashe at the weekend said he will politically protect anyone who comes forward with evidence after the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed his office should investigate the claims before taking them to the National Working Committee (NWC).
Maseko said President Jacob Zuma called him personally to ask him to help the Guptas while they were starting The New Age newspaper.
Maseko has tweeted that he will be among the first to speak to Mantashe's office while Mantashe says he encourages people to come to him to explain what happened to them.
The decision to invite everyone with a Gupta bullying story to come forward is welcome but what next. Is there a commitment to act?— Themba Maseko (@MasekoThembaJ) March 20, 2016
Simacoder ? - I'll be among the first to go and give my submission to the SG office. Don't worry about that. https://t.co/KZSCTHYl1z— Themba Maseko (@MasekoThembaJ) March 20, 2016
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Meanwhile, political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the outcome of this battle could have big implications for the ANC's 2017 leadership contest.
"If Zuma survives, what's going to happen is that it will take a big deal of work to uproot the rot within the ANC NEC."
While the ANC's NEC has reaffirmed its full faith in the president, it does seem Mantashe is going to play a pivotal role in this investigation.
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