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ANC: 'Zwane's actions are appalling'

The ANC has called for action to be taken against Minister Zwane for bringing the country into disrepute.

FILE: Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says while it cannot tell the president how to act against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, he must be dealt with for bringing the country into disrepute.

On Friday Zwane i ssued a statement saying cabinet had resolved to set up a judicial inquiry into banks that had closed the Gupta family's accounts.

The party has described Zwane's actions as "appalling" and "outrageous".

The national ANC says the minister's actions sent the markets into an unnecessary tailspin.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said: "His statement suggests that there could be other people outside of government that influence him and hence this outrageous conduct."

On Friday Zwane's spokesperson conceded in an interview that the statement they had released was "misleading" and not on behalf of government.

The ANC says while it welcomes the presidency distancing itself, action needs to be taken against the minister.

LISTEN: Mineral resources spokesperson speaks on the judicial inquiry into the banks