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Magashule: Guptas can't be blamed for ANC's issues

The so called Gupta leaks have revealed how Magashule’s sons were groomed to be middle men for the family.

FILE: Ajay Gupta. Picture: Screengrab/Youtube

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Free State chairperson Ace Magashule says that the Gupta family hasn’t impacted the ANC in any way.

Magashule was speaking to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the joint working committee meeting between his province and KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

The so called "Gupta leaks" have revealed how Magashule’s sons were groomed to be middle men for the family.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina previously called on President Jacob Zuma to ask the family to give the ANC some space while Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba expressed concern about their influence at state owned entities.

But Magashule says the Guptas can’t take the blame for what’s happening in the ANC.

“I don’t think they have an impact in terms of the ANC. I think the ANC must get its house into order and leaders must stand up and be leaders.”

COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY FORCE

Meanwhile, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State say the enemy has now infiltrated the organisation and the tripartite alliance, which is causing fighting within the party.

The two provincials held a joint working committee meeting on Monday where they called for the harsh discipline of ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) who voted with the opposition in last week’s motion of no confidence.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State also discussed how to unify the party ahead of the 54th national elective conference this December.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State are calling for the national executive committee to host a special meeting to determine exactly which MPs voted for the removal of Zuma.

KwaZulu-Natal Chair Sihle Zikalala says the motion was the agenda of a counter-revolutionary force.

“Essentially, it was about removing the ANC from power and that should be clear.”

On the issue of the succession debate, the two provinces have agreed to find common policy stances that will guide who they nominate to become president this September.

The two provinces have, however, said that they will be supporting a leadership that’s committed to implementing radical economic transformation.

Zikalala said: “In that regard, we’re clear that those who voted in support of the motion from the ANC must face disciplinary action.”

Free State chair Ace Magashule said: “You know what has happened in Mogale City, what the DA has done with lie detectors, so why do you expect the ANC not to act against its ill-disciplined members.”

Zikalala says the two provinces are working to identify common principles that will guide who they nominate to become the party’s next president.

“Once the NEC says let’s discuss names, we will then zoom in on names. We will support each other on the issue of the leadership.”

While the ANC’s nomination process has not officially opened, KZN ANC members like Senzo Mchunu have already pronounced deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over in December.

Zikalala says they won’t be disciplining Mchunu but will engage him internally.

“Once the opportunity of discussing leadership issues is open, we will then say comrades who have spoken on this issue, let's debate.”

The two provinces were not clear on how they would go about identifying which MPs voted with the opposition but have called for the harshest punishment for those found guilty.

The Free State and KwaZulu-Natal ANC have vowed to support each other when the party opens the nomination process on who should be elected as president at the December conference.

The provinces also say the Mining Charter is a strategic part of the radical economic transformation.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo.