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‘There needs to be an inquiry into allegations of state capture’

Former govt spokesman Themba Maseko says there needs to be a probe beyond an invitation to make submissions.

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

CAPE TOWN - Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko says there needs to be a thorough inquiry into allegations of state capture, beyond an invitation to make submissions.

Last month, Maseko confirmed that he was the person who made a written submission to the African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe.

That's after Mantashe said the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) had decided to stop its investigation into claims that the Gupta family were offering people positions in government, because only one person had made a written submission.

Maseko says he was shocked and disappointed by the decision.

"The matters that are in question here are major issues. They require a lot of litigation and I think that it's important that an agency works with the Public Protector, not just the Public Protector on its own."

Earlier this week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her office needs additional funds in order to investigate allegations of state capture.

Madonsela said she wants to look specifically at whether President Jacob Zuma allowed the Gupta family to choose ministers and other government officials.

The unfolding scandal around the Guptas took a dramatic turn after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said he was offered former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's job.

This led to calls for Zuma to resign.

Zuma denied Jonas' claims, saying only the president appointed ministers, as per the Constitution.

The Gupta family has also denied influencing Zuma, saying they were pawns in a political plot against the president.

WATCH: Jonas: Guptas offered me SA finance minister job.

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