ANC NEC: First we gather info Guptas influence, then we act. No knee jerk.

By Karabo Ngoepe, News24

Pretoria – The ANC says the type of information received on the Gupta family influence in government will determine the type of action to be taken.

“We will hear people talking and we will compile a list and call them to come and explain what happened. Once we have the information, it can only be that information that determines what action is to be taken,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Pretoria.

South Africa's President and African National Congress (ANC) party president Jacob Zuma, flanked by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Treasury General Zweli Mkhize, reacts ahead of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) three-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa March 18, 2016. Picture taken March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
South Africa’s President and African National Congress (ANC) party president Jacob Zuma, flanked by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Treasury General Zweli Mkhize, reacts ahead of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) three-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa March 18, 2016. Picture taken March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

“Running an organisation is based on a principle of establishing truth from facts. You don’t just take information because it is sensational.”

Mantashe said the NEC had instructed officials and the national working committee to gather all pertinent information about the allegations.

“The ANC calls on all members who have information to approach the secretary general’s office. The NEC will develop a Code of Conduct for ANC members doing business with the state,” he said.

He said the organisation would have a meeting with the family to discuss the allegations levelled. He said they could not ignore the issue while the Gupta names keep popping up.

“We will get the information and if we must confront the Gupta’s we will confront them. We have met them [Gupta’s] before and there is a follow up meeting with them in the coming week because if they are in the space with us and their name keeps popping up around the ANC then the ANC will have to engage that reality,” said Mantashe.

“We can never allow where you have leadership that are converted into interests of business or state institutions that are controlled outside of themselves. Once you have that, you have a danger of capture and that capture will destroy the state,” he said. – News24

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