ANC calls for judicial commission of inquiry into state capture

Ruben Ruiz
May 30, 2017

The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controversial Gupta business family.

Sources revealed that Zuma enjoyed overwhelming support from NEC members during the motion of no confidence vote brought against him yesterday, with only approximately 18 members supporting the motion and the rest voting in favour of Zuma staying put.

At the briefing, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC wanted an inquiry into state capture as soon as possible.

News24 reported that the motion was tabled by Joel Netshitenzhe, one of the party's leading intellectuals and strategic thinkers, who served as head of government communications in the administration of former President Thabo Mbeki.

Mantashe said the inquiry would date back to 1994 to look into other possible cases that had not been investigated by the public protector's office since the ANC came into power.

Madonsela recommended that the chief justice appoints the person to lead such an inquiry, but Zuma insists that only he, as president, has the power to appoint such a person.

Zuma is facing mounting pressure against him from ANC members, opposition parties and civil society since he axed respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan in March, triggering credit rating downgrades.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Ruling party critics of South African President Jacob Zuma pushed for his resignation on Sunday amid concern about alleged corruption at the highest levels of the government, but the president still retained significant support within the divided party.

The Gupta family denies any wrongdoing.

"I think what it continues to show is that the composition of the National Executive Committee remains fairly firmly within President Zuma's grasp", he said.

This weekend's call for Zuma to resign followed a previous attempt at an NEC meeting in November past year, which was also unsuccessful.

Mantashe said the NEC was not anxious about opposition parties' Constitutional Court bid to allow a secret ballot in Parliament during the vote of no confidence in the president. "It was the first time I have seen him so angry", said an NEC source.

"Regardless of whether a secret ballot is granted by the court or not, ANC MPs, as always, are expected to vote in line with the decision of the caucus of the ANC".

"No patriotic NEC and South Africans would support a leader who has been proven to be unethical like Zuma".

Other reports by GizPress

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