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Mkhize: State capture an embarrassment to ANC

The ANC Treasurer General says the public deserves to know who in the party is involved in state capture.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 2 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says the issue of state capture is an embarrassment to the ANC and says the public deserves to know what happened and who in the party is involved.

The Public Protector’s state of capture report has implicated President Jacob Zuma's son and senior ANC members serving in the Cabinet.

Mkhize says a commission of inquiry into state capture must be speedily instituted.

“We’re expecting that when the outcome or findings are released we should be able to act on those who, within the party, might be involved.”

He says the ANC owes it to the public to act on this and deal with the so-called Gupta leaks.

“The public must know what has happened. Those emails have come with a lot of revelations that we didn’t know much about.”

Mkhize says the party is battling to stabilise itself as it's heading to its elective conference, saying after the conference the focus will be on growing the economy, uniting South Africans and preparing for 2019 general elections.

WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENCE

Meanwhile, Mkhize said the party is concerned about the violence that erupted during an ANC conference in the Eastern Cape.

He gave an assurance at the Joburg indaba that leaders will do what they can to ensure unity in the organisation ahead of the elective conference.

Divisions became visible at the Eastern Cape ANC elective conference over the weekend which was marred by violence, leaving several delegates injured.

Mkhize said as the party prepares for the national conference in December, these divisions have to be dealt with.

“Amongst the issues is to be able to stop the kind of tensions that we saw playing out in the Eastern Cape and the factions and divisions inside the organisation.

“And we want to make sure that we bring a lot more unity because, at the end of it, it impacts on a lot of other issues.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)