ANC welcomes Public Protector's probe into leaked Gupta emails

The Public Protector's office has confirmed that a large part of the probe will focus on alleged dodgy dealings at state-owned enterprises, including Eskom, Prasa and Transnet.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane briefs the media on her 100 days in the office of Public Protector. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the Public Protector’s probe into the leaked Gupta emails.

"The ANC has always maintained the need to establish the veracity of the emails and consequently the merits of the allegations contained therein.

"We trust that the investigation will shed some much-needed light on the disturbing allegations which, if left unattended, have the effect of undermining the integrity and credibility of our government and state.

"Corruption and impropriety as it relates to public funds and resources is an untenable cancer that must be rooted out in our society. The ANC has full confidence in the institutions established to support our democracy as well as in the institutional framework government is constantly strengthening to fight corruption," the ANC said in its statement.

On Wednesday night, Busisiwe Mkhwebane confirmed that she will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine the merits of some of the allegations published in the damning emails.

Her office has confirmed that a large part of the probe will focus on alleged dodgy dealings at state-owned enterprises, including Eskom, Prasa and Transnet.

She is also investigating allegations around Duduzane Zuma and the Gupta’s and how the controversial family received classified information from former Communication Minister Faith Muthambi.

Spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana says the legality of the Gupta’s business operations in the country will also be looked into.

“It’s the allegations of the Guptas who have received high-level confidential information from the then Communication Minister Faith Muthambi and allegations that at least two immigration officials were positioned in Indian by the then Minister of Home Affairs to assist the Guptas in benefiting in businesses.”