The ANC wanted the Gupta e-mail saga to be dealt with "holistically" and conceded that the constant stream of dodgy revelations had dented its image, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking ahead of a key three-day lekgotla, which will focus on the economy and set the political tone for Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s inaugural medium-term budget, Mantashe said the ANC could not be expected to "set up its own police force" to act against the Guptas. It was "absurd" to expect the ANC to "round up the Guptas and arrest them". Mantashe said the police should arrest those implicated in crimes and the criminal justice system should then kick in. "I don’t want us to be casual about the e-mails … we must deal holistically with it … it’s denting the ANC," he said, even though it was individual members at the heart of the accusations and not the party. "Where there are criminal activities, state institutions must kick in and do their work. For example, when there is an a...

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