ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says that not a single minister contacted about being implicated in the leaked Gupta emails has challenged their veracity or disputed them – and some have even confirmed that they are accurate.
Speaking to the Mail & Guardian, Kodwa said the ANC wants the government to act against those implicated in the mail – including cabinet ministers – instead of waiting for a judicial commission of inquiry to be set up.
The ANC is in upheaval at the moment, as leaders stress about the damage being done to the party’s reputation in the wake of the leaks and other scandals.
According to the Mail & Guardian, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has been contacting ministers implicated in the Gupta leaks, as well as those who are said to have signed a letter to the public protector calling for an investigation into corruption at National Treasury.
Kodwa said that the feedback Mantashe has received is that none of the ministers whose names are on the letter signed it.
With the emails, Kodwa said that none of the ministers contacted were able to say “No, that email is wrong” – except for a few who confirmed the emails.
Kodwa told the paper that government must act sooner rather than later, as a dark cloud was hanging over the ministries implicated.
Some of the ministers who have cropped up in the email leaks include Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi, Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Mantashe has denied contacting any ministers.
The National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks this week confirmed that they were launching an investigation into allegations of state capture, after witnesses came forward with evidence of criminal activity.
The office of the Public Protector has also announced that it will launch a new investigation into state capture, focusing on the allegations surrounding the leaked emails, with a focus on Eskom, Transnet and Prasa.
The Public Protector will also investigate allegations related to the ministers implicated in the emails, like minister Faith Muthambi allegedly leaking confidential information from cabinet meetings to the Guptas.
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