March 24, 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Ramaphosa says ANC is not for sale.
Nigerian parliament approves 2016 record budget.
And, the Hawks to investigate Guptas and Duduzane Zuma.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a stern warning yesterday to those attempting to use their deep pockets to influence leaders within the ruling party.
He said the ANC was not for sale.
Ramaphosa said the ANC refused to be captured by those who wanted to capture and influence it and added that those people had come to the wrong address.
His statement comes after questions that arose about President Jacob Zuma's close relationship with the Gupta family last week.
During the ANC summit for academic and business, Ramaphosa told attendees the ANC had set up a structure that was going to tackle the issue of state capture.
He said people were already streaming into ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's office with information.
The Nigerian parliament passed the 2016 budget yesterday and called for record spending to an economy hit hard by a slump in oil prices.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented a record $30-billion budget in December but asked for its withdrawal a month later to make changes after a further drop in oil prices.
The total budget had not changed but the deficit had risen to 3-trillion naira ($15-billion) from 2.2-trillion.
Funding of the budget remained unclear as oil revenues, which made up about 70% of Nigeria's income, had slumped, whacking its currency and drying up development projects.
The Hawks will investigate the Gupta family as well as President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, they said yesterday.
Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda said the case opened by the DA last week had been received by the crime fighting unit on Tuesday.
Netshiunda could not provide any further details about the case.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and MP David Maynier laid corruption charges against brothers Atul and Ajay Gupta as well as Zuma's son Duduzane at the Cape Town police station last Thursday, following an admission by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the family had offered him the top job in the ministry.
Also making headlines:
Zuma defends relationship with Guptas according to reports.
The SACP said 'State capture' by Guptas was nothing new.
And, Black businesses welcome ANC actions on 'state capture'
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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today