Friday, March 18, 2016

The meeting takes place amid claims the Guptas are influencing Jacob Zuma’s ministerial appointments.

Govan Whittles

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) have started arriving for what’s been described as a historic three-day meeting which will discuss allegations of state capture, local government elections and the state of the party.

Security is tight outside the venue in Centurion, and the party’s leadership is expected to open the meeting to the media soon.

The meeting is being held amid claims that the Gupta family is influencing President Jacob Zuma’s ministerial appointments.

But there are also counter-claims that the Guptas are being used in a factional battle to oust Zuma.

While sitting Cabinet ministers have spoken out against the Guptas this week, President Zuma is believed to have enough support to defeat the bid to oust him.

The party says while it will be discussing the perceived influence by the Gupta family, it will do so under the broader theme of corporate capture.

An official report on the Guptas meeting with the ANC’s top six will be tabled to the 90-member committee.

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