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South African Communist Party (SACP) veteran Jeremy Cronin says the ANC is grappling with how to deal with the controversial Gupta family and its influence on the party and government. Cronin‚ the SACP’s outgoing first deputy general-secretary‚ said the issue went to the very heart of the ruling party. "The ANC is clearly hamstrung and paralysed in confronting the issue of the Guptas because it goes deep into the ANC itself‚" Cronin said in an interview, speaking on the sidelines of the party’s six-day 14th national congress‚ which is under way in Boksburg‚ east of Johannesburg. "We have got a very important responsibility as the SACP to help to provide a voice to many in the alliance, but who find, for one reason or the other, that the structures themselves are not working; they are disabled by the factional problems they have got. We need to make the link between the problems of state capture and the persisting problems of unemployment‚ poverty and equality‚" Cronin said. State ca...

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