'ANC is not for sale'

Cyril Ramaphosa told the Gauteng ANC's professionals and academics summit that the party hasn’t been captured.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the Gauteng ANC's professionals and academics summit that the party has not been captured.

Ramaphosa was speaking to a number of professionals and academics at a Gauteng ANC summit in Sandton where he addressed issues affecting the government.

His comments, come after a call from the party's national executive committee (NEC) for members who have been approached by the Gupta family with government job offers, to report the incidents to the office of ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

President Jacob Zuma has been criticised for his said friendship with the Guptas - after claims by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the family had offered him the job of finance minister - while Nhlanhla Nene was in office.

WATCH: Jonas: The Guptas offered me finance minister job.

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor also made headlines last week when she claimed the Guptas approached her with an offer to make her public enterprises minister in 2010 on certain conditions.

The Guptas have denied any wrongdoing - while the president maintains he has no knowledge of the alleged meetings with the family.

Ramaphosa says all families, and not just the Guptas, who may be trying to "capture" the ANC government have "come to the wrong address".

He says the public must give the party time to deal with allegations of state capture through the structure set up in the secretary general's office.

The deputy president says any business that seeks to do business with the party - to advance their own interests - is knocking at the wrong door.

He says the ANC will handle allegations in a structured way - moving away from rumours of state capture - to handling allegations through Mantashe's office.

Ramaphosa added that the ruling party is not for sale and will only do clean business that is transparent.