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'State capture' evidence 'streaming in' to Luthuli House

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited anyone who has proof to visit the 6th floor in Luthuli House.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says people are "streaming in" to Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe's office to present evidence of 'state capture' for the party to investigate.

Ramaphosa addressed professionals and academics at a Gauteng ANC summit in Sandton last night.

LISTEN: ANC to investigate process of 'state capture'

He says the party will deal with the allegations through Mantashe's office, rather than rely on rumours and headlines.

Ramaphosa says the Gupta family have given their full cooperation in investigations and have promised to present the facts.

"They will also have the opportunity to come and put whatever facts are on the table."

But he says it is not just the Guptas as there are others who want to use the ANC to advance their corporate interests.

"People may have their own notions of what should happen post the NEC, but what we know is that we need to deal with matters with critical analysis."

The deputy president has called for the time and space to deal with allegations once and for all through its structures.

Ramaphosa has invited anyone who believes they have proof of 'state capture' to visit the sixth floor in Luthuli House.

DEFENCE

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly again defended his controversial friendship with the Gupta family.

A UK correspondent for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been tweeting about comments made by the president on the sidelines of his visit to France.

WATCH: Zuma reacts to alleged 'Gupta appointments'

The SABC reporter in France says he asked the president about his relationship with the Gupta family.

He says Zuma replied that he doesn't see a problem with the friendship and remarked that there are other people who are closer to the family.

However, he gave no hint as to who he was talking about.

FORMER MK CALL FOR NEW LEADERSHIP

Yesterday, former ANC military commanders said they're outraged by recent political developments within the ANC, which include the removal of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, the public spat between the Hawks and Pravin Gordhan and verbal attacks on the deputy finance minister.

LISTEN: Former ANC military commanders call for special national conference.

In a letter, generals of the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe movement also call on the ANC to deal directly with the alleged Gupta family's influence over its leadership.

They've called for the ruling party to convene a special national congress to elect new leadership - and confront what they say is the diminishing quality of ANC cadres.

To read the full memorandum by Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders, click here.