Mantashe ‘ignored’ document on Gupta state capture: report

ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, reportedly ‘ignored’ advice from heads of intelligence that he should look at a report on the Gupta family’s alleged state capture.

This is according to the Sunday Times, citing former senior government officials who said they met with the senior ANC figure and advised him to speak to the inspector-general of intelligence to obtain a report compiled in 2010.

According to the paper, the intelligence document details how the controversial Gupta family allegedly influenced the appointment of ministers.

On Tuesday, Mantashe said that eight people had come forward relating to allegations of state capture – however only one person provided a written statement.

“A number of comrades came forward on alleged business influence on state but only one could make a written submission,” Mantashe said. He said that the ANC had decided to close its investigation into the matter.

According to the former spy bosses, Mantashe ignored their advice, which could have assisted his investigation.

“At least one representative of the heads of intelligence did meet with Mantashe. But the dilemma was that you can’t give an intelligence documentation to the ANC: you will be charged with revealing state secrets,” said an intelligence insider.

“We advised as to how that process can be achieved by just approaching the inspector-general. We don’t know if that advice was followed up at all.”

Who came forward

Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko confirmed this week that he made the sole written submission to the ANC.

The Sunday Times noted that the eight people who met Mantashe included deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, former chair of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Vytjie Mentor, former South African Revenue Service boss Ivan Pillay, suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride and former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat.

Maseko initially fingered President Jacob Zuma as having played a key role in driving state business to the Gupta family.

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma phoned Maseko directly to ensure he met the Gupta brothers.

Maseko said when he met the Guptas they asked the GCIS to spend state money on advertising in The New Age newspaper.

Mentor also publicly revealed that she was offered the job of minister of public enterprises by the Guptas.

Mentor further alleged that president Zuma was on the Guptas Saxonwold premises at the time, in a room next door.

Mentor’s utterances led to several ANC members speaking out on similar encounters with the Guptas, including deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, public service and administration minister, Ngoako Ramathlodi and former public enterprises minister, Barbara Hogan.

The Gupta family denied having any such meetings.

Citing National Treasury sources, the Sunday Times reported that Jonas, Pillay, Dramat and McBride all received legal advice not to make a submission as there was no guarantee he would be legally protected.

The paper reported that Mantashe had wanted more time to investigate the matter, however, president Zuma’s backers within the ANC NEC pushed for the matter to be closed.

Read the full article in the 5 June, 2016 edition of the Sunday Times.

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