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Reports: Mantashe ignored advice from top spy bosses over Gupta family influence

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

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

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has reportedly ignored advice from top spy bosses to request an intelligence report on the Gupta family's influence on the state from the inspector general of intelligence.

Senior government officials apparently told the Sunday Times that they had met Mantashe and advised him to approach the inspector general to get hold of 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 said his investigation into alleged state capture by the Gupta family had proved to be fruitless, as only one of the eight people who appeared before him sent a written submission.

The Sunday Times says those who approached Mantashe include deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, former ANC MP Vytie Mentor, former South African Revenue Services boss Ivan Pillay, suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride and former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, but that only former government communication's chief Themba Maseko made a formal submission.

The paper claims Jonas, Pillay, Dramat and McBride were advised not to make submissions as there was no guarantee they could be legally protected.

McBride has however apparently denied that his meeting with Mantashe was about the Guptas.

Former spy bosses are now apparently accusing the secretary general of ignoring their advice, which they think could have assisted his investigation.

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

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