Opposition parties slam Mantashe over Gupta state capture document

According to a report, Mantashe ignored advice to request an intelligence report on the Guptas' influence.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have accused African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe of deliberately ignoring a crucial report into alleged state capture by the Gupta family.

Senior government officials told the_ Sunday Times_ that they had met Mantashe and advised him to approach the inspector general to study a report compiled in 2010.

The report is said to detail how the Guptas' influenced the appointment of ministers and the awarding of government tenders.

Last week, Mantashe announced the investigation into the alleged influence of the Gupta family had proven fruitless.

The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen says the party will be taking the matter forward.

"We will be writing to the minister and the chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to make a request to the inspector-general of intelligence."

Congress of the People's Dennis Bloem says the fact that there was only one written submission for the Gupta probe says something about the investigation.

The paper also says Mantashe hoped his probe would be given more time, but President Jacob Zuma's backers within the ANC's national executive committee pushed for the matter to be closed.

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