The ANC is trying to divert attention away from the controversial Gupta family, the Congress of the People (Cope) said.
“Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President of the ANC, is claiming that it is not only the Gupta family that is attempting to capture the ANC government, but many other people in business also. Edward Zuma, likewise, has alleged that many ANC leaders are meeting in dark corners with their ‘Stellenbosch masters’ to advance their own personal enrichment goals,” Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said.
Bloem said attention “should not be diverted from disclosures within the ANC of the corrupt relationship” between the Gupta family and Zuma.
“All of us know very well that at present many senior ANC members are pointing fingers at only one family, namely the Guptas,” the Cope spokesperson said, name-dropping former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and former presidential aide Themba Maseko as implicating the Guptas.
“The ANC must not undermine the intelligence of South African citizens. It is clear that the party is developing a plan to cover up the Gupta scandal. Thus far no other business family or personalities have been directly implicated in state capture by any senior member of the ANC.”
Bloem added that former energy minister Ben Martins was about to shed light on “what he knows about the Gupta involvement in our national politics”.
The Cope spokesperson said that the party was encouraged by senior ANC members, such as Denis Goldberg and Frene Ginwala, speaking up over the issue of state capture.