The South African Communist Party (SACP) has rubbished ANC’s decision to discard the probe into the alleged state capture by the Guptas saying its just a whitewash.
The party who has been at war with the ruling ANC added salt to injury when it regarded the ANC’s decision to terminate further investigation on the Guptas link as “the work of a faction that has rendered the ruling party’s national executive committee (NEC) useless”.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announced that the ANC will no longer bother President Zuma about the state capture allegations against him as there were no proof to support such claims.
He said though the allegations made were serious, it’s ‘unfortunate that only one person could make a written submission on the matter and the party would not force the people.
On this, the SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila said the ANC investigation into the alleged state capture by the politically connected Gupta family was incomplete and “the ANC must accept that”.
Mapaila said the debate on the matter was far from over and the party would discuss the matter at its central committee meeting during the weekend.
“There can be no denials about the existence of corporate capture. The bottom line is: corporate capture does exist and it’s creating problems.
“State capture is real and alive and we will continue fighting it. Those who say it doesn’t exist, I don’t know where they live. If the movement is behaving like this, it will be punished by the people,” he said as he called for a judicial commission of inquiry into the allegations.
In addition to this, SACP lodged a complaint with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) against the unit’s head, Berning Ntlemeza, who the party accused of using the crime-fighting agency to wage political battles.
The party accused Ntlemeza of targeting Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan by threatening to investigate him for the role he played in setting up the so-called rogue unit during his tenure as Sars boss.
However, speaking about the war between the party and the ruling ANC, Mapaila said the SACP wont allow factions to appropriate the ANC.
“It’s our organisation. I’m really getting too worried about the fictionalizing of the NEC. Factional statements come out in the name of the ANC. The ANC leadership must condemn factions,” he said, adding that corruption, state capture and looting of state resources were being justified by factions within the ANC.
“This is where we are drawing the battle lines. We can’t be in alliance with factions. The movement must cleanse itself… must be frank and candid, deal with these issues.
“I’m yet to see a day where the president has condemned the Premier League… It’s a faction that’s been named, why can’t it be condemned? Confront this faction.”
ANC National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa is however not moved by the SACP’s accusations as he explains how the alliance partners are independent of one another, having the right to make political observations and take necessary decisions.