Fedusa calls for probe into why Guptas are selling off commercial interests

This week Oakbay, the Guptas’ holding company, announced it's selling ANN7 and 'The New Age' newspaper to former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is calling for a commission of inquiry to investigate the motive behind the Guptas selling off their commercial interests in the country.

This week Oakbay, the Guptas’ holding company, announced it's selling ANN7 and The _New Age _newspaper to former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi.

The controversial family has also agreed to sell mining company Tegeta, named in the State of Capture report for its involvement in a controversial deal to buy Optimum Coal Mine.

The State of Capture report reveals alleged improper and unethical conduct by politicians and businesses.

Fedusa says it's filed a “section 77 protest notice” to force government to appoint a commission of inquiry, saying President Jacob Zuma is using delay tactics.

Meanwhile, the Presidency says Zuma is waiting to review the state capture report before establishing a commission of inquiry.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, however, says it's not necessary as the ANC has already decided he must establish a separate commission of inquiry.

The President has asked the Pretoria High Court to set aside the Public Protector's State of Capture report because he disagrees with the remedial action ordering the chief justice to select a judge for the inquiry.

Mkhize says it may take a while to set up the commission of inquiry recommended by the Public Protector because it’s being reviewed in court, so the ANC has agreed that the president establishes a separate inquiry to deal with the recent allegations of state capture.

But the president’s spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying the president has been advised to wait for the outcome of the court review.