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ANC: Many state capture whistle-blowers are afraid to come forward

Gwede Mantashe says eight people approached the ANC to make allegations of state capture.

Gwede Mantashe criticizes of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's recent public speaking engagement. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Following allegations of state capture made against the Gupta family, the African National Congress (ANC) says it's disappointed that only one person has made a written submission on these claims.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says eight people approached the party to make allegations of state capture after the ANC invited members with insight into the allegations to come forward.

WATCH: Mantashe: State capture discussion will continue within ANC.

However, only one person has made a formal complaint with the party.

Mantashe says seven of the eight people who have made allegations of state capture don't want to make written submissions out of fear of victimisation.

"They think that if they give details to their organisation that will open them up. The organisation cannot say please come, it can't work that way."

He says the party has advised those people to approach the relevant institutions where they can make formal complaints and receive the protection they want.

"There are many institutions - if it's criminal the police are there, if you want an investigation you can go to the auditor general, you can go to the Public Protector."

The party says while it won't be handling the investigation, it continues to closely monitor the issue of state capture.

ANC CALLS FOR COURAGEOUSNESS IN STATE CAPTURE CLAIMS

At the same time, the ruling party says people who make allegations of state capture should be brave enough to follow through with the process of laying formal complaints.

The secretary general says those who make allegations should be willing to see through the process of formalising those claims.

Mantashe says those who want to fight for justice should be willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause.

He says because of this fear of victimisation efforts to get to the bottom of allegations of state capture against the Gupta family have been fruitless.

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