Maseko ‘shocked, disappointed’ ANC dropped state capture probe

Themba Maseko confirmed he was the person who made a written submission to ANC about the Guptas.

FILE: Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko. Picture: Twitter @MasekoThembaJ.

JOHANNESBURG - Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko says state capture in South Africa is a matter that requires serious investigation and he's shocked and disappointed that the African National Congress (ANC) has decided to drop the probe.

Last month, Maseko confirmed that he was the person who made the solitary written submission to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe in the party's investigation into the influence of the Gupta family.

Mantashe announced just a day before that the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) had decided to stop its investigation into claims that the Guptas were offering people positions in government because only one person had made a written submission.

The Public Protector, meanwhile, has called for more resources to investigate the family's relationship with President Jacob Zuma.

Maseko says he did what any responsible citizen would do.

"I was expecting that the matter was raised in my report and obviously what other people with a similar experience would have given in and the matter would have been considered by the NEC of the ANC."

He says he's not been informed about what processes will take place now.

"The Guptas gave me instruction to do something which I considered illegal; it broke the rules of procurement. I found it totally unacceptable that somebody who was not working for government could give an instruction to a government (sic)."