SACP ready to present evidence against Guptas

The ANC has launched an investigation into claims that the Guptas are controlling Cabinet appointments.

Atul Gupta. Picture: Atul Gupta Kumar/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP)'s second Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila says he's ready to present evidence of the Gupta family's alleged influence over ministerial appointments and government business to African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

The governing party has announced the establishment of an investigation into claims that the Gupta family is controlling Cabinet appointments.

The party has called on any of its members working within the state who have been approached by the Guptas to come forward.

ANC leaders who are already expected to meet with Mantashe's office include Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, former Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor and former head of government communications Themba Maseko.

All three admitted to being summoned by the Guptas, and presented with offers or instructions on what to do within government.

Former Energy Minister Ben Martins has now also indicated he intends meeting with Mantashe's office to relate his experiences with the Guptas.

Mapaila says he also has relevant information.

"I will be willing to go there and with the secretary general to present what we know, because if we do not support this particular process it will be business as usual. They will go on and intimidate those comrades who were courageous enough and whom we commend."

No time frames have been set for the meetings and Mantashe says the outcome of the investigation will determine whether President Jacob Zuma has indeed been influenced by the controversial family.

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