Ab­surd to ex­pect ANC to ar­rest Gup­tas – Man­tashe


ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe yes­ter­day said it was up to law en­force­ment agen­cies to act against the Gupta fam­ily in the wake of ex­ten­sive al­le­ga­tions of loot­ing State re­sources through im­proper deal­ings with paras­tatals and se­nior politi­cians.

“Some­times when you ex­ag­ger­ate the sta­tus of a fam­ily and you make life be about the Gup­tas and ev­ery­thing else about the Gup­tas, you ac­tu­ally make them as­sume un­earned im­por­tance. We are deal­ing with State cap­ture, we are deal­ing with the role of the fam­ily in that State cap­ture, (but) it’s not a sub­ject for ev­ery NEC (na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee),” Man­tashe said at a meet­ing of the party’s top struc­ture in Pre­to­ria.

“Pro­cesses are un­der way. We have taken a res­o­lu­tion on that is­sue. The fact that prov­inces are be­gin­ning to talk about it means that the ANC body is now alive to the prob­lem and they are talk­ing about it. There­fore the body of the ANC will im­prove its im­mu­nity, to be­ing in­fected by the Gup­tas.”

How­ever, Man­tashe said, en­forc­ing the law was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the po­lice. He re­buffed ques­tions on the per­ceived lack of drive to probe and pros­e­cute mem­bers of the Gupta fam­ily.

“So your sug­ges­tion is that the ANC must set up its po­lice unit and ar­rest the Gup­tas? To round them up and ar­rest them – is that your sug­ges­tion? I don’t know if you want the ANC to have a po­lice unit and a pri­vate army, that sur­rounds the Gup­tas and locks them up in a pri­vate prison. I think that will be ab­surd.”

Man­tashe said it was grossly un­fair for South African me­dia to por­tray the ANC as a gov­ern­ing party that turned a blind eye to cor­rup­tion.

“When you have two may­ors of Buf­falo City hav­ing been re­moved from their po­si­tions and when you have three sec­re­taries of re­gions of the ANC who have been re­moved from their po­si­tions ... to cre­ate a pic­ture that noth­ing is hap­pen­ing ... is mis­lead­ing to so­ci­ety.

“When an MEC in a prov­ince gets ar­rested, pros­e­cuted and con­victed, and we for­get that as we go, be­cause we are look­ing for some­thing that we are in­ter­ested in now, is a wrong ap­proach to ed­u­cat­ing so­ci­ety,” said Man­tashe.

“I don’t want us to be ca­sual in deal­ing with the is­sue of the e-mails of the Gup­tas ... it’s quite com­plex. It’s ac­tu­ally dent­ing the ANC de­spite the fact that as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are not at the heart of it. It’s in­di­vid­ual mem­bers that are ac­cused, but it dents the ANC.”

Man­tashe stressed that where there was crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, “State in­sti­tu­tions must kick in and do their work.”

Se­nior ANC lead­ers, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, Chair­per­son Baleka Mbete and Trea­surer-Gen­eral Zweli Mkhize were in at­ten­dance at the party’s one-day meet­ing. – ANA


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