South Africa's ANC gravely concerned by claims of graft

The party said it takes media reports of leaked documents showing influence-peddling in government extremely seriously and wants the allegations investigated. "These reports contain very worrying claims about the nature of the relationship between government and private interests‚" the ANC said in a statement.

The Sunday Times and City Press newspapers also say they have accessed some of the mails, which show that the Guptas had aided Zuma's efforts to acquire residency in the United Arab Emirates and exerted undue influence over cabinet ministers and the management and boards of several state-owned companies.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday called on the government to establish veracity of the so-called "Gupta emails" involving President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC has finally stepped into the Gupta emails scandal, calling on government to urgently look into their accuracy and demand answers from those implicated.

The Budget vote and debate comes amid the latest flood of leaked e-mails published by the Daily Maverick and investigative team amaBhungane.

Kodwa says such matters can not be allowed to fester in the public domain.

The party called on government to immediately implement the ANC national executive committee resolution to immediately appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to probe state capture. "That is going to help us, because we are going to stop depending on rumours and allegations, but we will depend on the facts", says President Zuma.

  • Zachary Reyes