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State capture issue weighs heavy on ANC: Mthembu

Tuesday 12 September 2017 17:30

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ANC parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the State Capture inquiry is long overdue.(SABC)

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture is long overdue.

Some parliamentary portfolio committees have been asked to probe those implicated in the capture of some state-owned entities.

In an interview with SABC News in Parliament, Mthembu said until the matter has been dealt with appropriately it will continue to be an albetross around the neck of the ruling party.

“It is still a national grievance. It has not been attended to. And the sooner - and this is what my movement by the way has said, the ANC even at the National Policy conference, the African National Congress said that we need this judicial inquiry as of last week. The National Executive Committee that I served in, of the National African Congress has said so; that can we have this judicial commission of enquiry coming in so that, once and for all, if there are people who are being accused wrongly, they can clean their names.”

Mthembu says the ruling party has no intention of sniffing out those MPS who defied the party line.

Meanwhile, Mthembu says the ANC in Parliament is still haunted by what he says was an embarrassment caused by some of the party's MP's decision to vote with the opposition during the recent failed motion of no confidence to oust President Jacob Zuma.

Despite this, Mthembu says the ruling party has no intention of sniffing out those MPS who defied the party line.

“We indicated, as the ANC through the Secretary General, that there is not going to be a witch hunt. Of course, we felt embarrassed, let me put it that way. When the organisation had clearly that caucus I lead, we can't vote for the motion of the opposition. By the way, it's immaterial how good it might sound. The opposition always have an ulterior motive.”

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