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SACP calls on presidency to take further action against Mosebenzi Zwane

Spokesperson Alex Mashilo says the president must discipline Zwane however he sees fit.

Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: Dumelang Media.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says the presidency needs to take further action against Minerals Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane's statement on the Gupta family probe.

The presidency released a statement on Friday evening after Zwane claimed cabinet had recommended a judicial inquiry into the four banks which closed the Gupta family's accounts.

The ministry distanced itself from Zwane's claims, saying he was speaking in his personal capacity.

Yesterday, the African National Congress (ANC) also condemned Zwane and called on the president to take harsh action against him.

Spokesperson Alex Mashilo says the president must discipline Zwane however he sees fit.

"He has also needs to listen to the interview between Xolani Gwala and the spokesperson of the minister and I think that was very terrible. And he surely will find good grounds to take further action other than the action he has already taken."

The national ANC has described the statement by Zwane as reckless and appalling and has called on the president to discipline him harshly.

The ANC says while it welcomes the presidency distancing itself from the pronouncement, President Jacob Zuma needs to discipline him in the harshest way possible.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa said Zwane has brought the country into disrepute.

"Because that kind of a conduct that is sending away shocking misinterpretation of South Africa's standing in leadership in terms of investments and investors."

On Friday, Zwane's spokesperson Martin Madlala admitted in an interview that the statement they had released was misleading and was not on behalf of cabinet.

The governing party said Zwane's actions sent shockwaves through the markets and has described his actions as outrageous.

The ANC has called on the president to "discipline" and "reprimand" Zwane for his statement regarding an inquiry into the major banks.

Kodwa said, "We think it was not enough that the presidency distanced itself, and the cabinet, from that statement. The president must discipline Zwane."