I’ll take the Zondo report on judicial review

Presenter Mike Wills chats with Eyewitness News reporter Masechaba Sefularo.

  • Former ANC SG Gwede Mantashe to challenge state capture report implicating him in Bosasa corruption
  • He says report findings require legal review
  • Part 3 of the state capture report was released on Tuesday evening, focusing on accused state contractor Bosasa of corruption

ANC President Gwede Mantashe holds a press conference after becoming involved in the state capture report. Image screenshot: SABC/YouTube

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said he would submit the state capture report for judicial review.

Mantashe held a briefing on Wednesday afternoon after the third installment of the state capture investigation report was made public.

The report recommends that Mantashe be investigated for taking advantage of the installation company accused of Bosasa corruption.

Bosasa reportedly carried out free security upgrades to three of Mantashe’s properties while he was still general secretary of the ANC.

Mantashe, who is now the national president of the ANC, says the report’s findings require legal scrutiny.

He says his legal team is preparing for “the possibility of the alleged investigations recommended in the report.”

The minister has asked the media to give him space to continue his work in government and the ANC until there is an investigation and a case to answer.

I have made the decision to take over the judicial review report, as we believe there are areas in the report that require this action.

Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources

The report makes specific findings about me in my previous capacity as General Secretary of the ANC, not as a Minister.

Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources

My legal team is currently analyzing the report and will then advise me on next steps.

Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources

I will not, however, dwell at this stage on the details of the findings, as this is a matter that requires legal consideration.

Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources

WATCH: Mantashe Briefs Media on State Capture Inquiry Report

Mantashe warned reporters that the report’s findings should not be used to launch a witch hunt against certain political figures.

“He says at this point there is no prima facie evidence against him,” Eyewitness News reporter Masechaba Sefularo said.

Mantashe added that he would step down if charged with a criminal charge in order to comply with ANC rules on stepping down, Sefularo reports.

He says he hasn’t been charged and if he were to be, he would be more than willing to step aside.

Masechaba Sefularo, Journalist – Eyewitness News

He says the ANC itself has put in place a process in which it will review the findings of the state capture inquiry… It will step aside if that is the ANC’s recommendation.

Masechaba Sefularo, Journalist – Eyewitness News

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